Definition of muscular Christianity in English:

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muscular Christianity


[mass noun]
A Christian life of brave and cheerful physical activity, especially as popularly associated with the writings of Charles Kingsley and with boys' public schools of the Victorian British Empire.
Example sentences
  • Then in England, since it does seem to be a legacy of the Victorian public school and its ethos of muscular Christianity (the Christianity has taken a very back seat), it alienates most of the population immediately.
  • 108 years ago they started out in Athens on the coat-tails of muscular Christianity, activities for fine, fit young men.
  • Rules were imposed through the playing of football of various kinds at the public schools, from which it was disseminated as part of an evangelical culture of muscular Christianity in a drive to reform the urban working class.


muscular Christian

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  • At home muscular Christians addressed themselves to preaching the Social Gospel and to reforms; and abroad, the goal was ‘The evangelization of the world in this generation’.
  • Linking athletic activity to the Victorian Protestant middle-class values of discipline, self-reliance, and human perfectibility these ‘muscular Christians’ justified the explosion of sport around mid-century as a moral force.
  • The impact of secular interests, rather than muscular Christians, in the development of sport is difficult to estimate, but should not be overlooked.
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