Evangelicals and the Body
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Having started from a general overview on the emergence of contemporary body ideals in the nineteenth century in ‘non-religious’ spheres of society, this chapter turns to evangelical renderings of the discourse on beauty, body weight, and spirituality. The histories of fitness and evangelical religion in the United States are entangled. This will be shown with regard to movements such as Muscular Christianity, the Young Men’s Christian Association, and various authors and programs of an emerging devotional fitness discourse.
KeywordsMuscular Christianity Young Men’s Christian Association Charlie W. Shedd Deborah Pierce First Place 4 Health Body & Soul Fitness Rick Warren
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