State of Research on Devotional Fitness

  • Martin Radermacher
Part of the Popular Culture, Religion and Society. A Social-Scientific Approach book series (POPCULT, volume 2)


This chapter retraces devotional fitness as a focus of study, touching related phenomena and predecessors, and neighboring fields of research. In reviewing existing scholarly work I demonstrate where this project seeks to enter the academic conversation. This study is situated in different fields of research, such as contemporary US religion, religion and the body, the history of dieting and fitness in the United States, and the changing nature of US evangelicalism. This chapter evaluates selected studies from these fields, starting with literature that touches devotional fitness only superficially and proceeding to studies that concern the topic of interest more specifically.


Body and religion Sports and religion Christianity and sports Embodiment R. Marie Griffith Gregor Schrettle Lynne Gerber 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Radermacher
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  1. 1.Center for Religious Studies (CERES)Ruhr-UniversityBochumGermany

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