Development, shalom, and sport : a biblical perspective.

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dc.contributor.advisor De Gruchy, Steve M.
dc.creator Wilson, Jason Mark. 2010-11-16T09:04:40Z 2010-11-16T09:04:40Z 2005 2005
dc.description Thesis (M.Th.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2005. en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the following three concepts: development, shalom and sport. It is the findings of this paper that a holistic understanding of the Biblical concept of shalom, provides an appropriate, Christian premise for examining existing development initiatives and for informing intended development praxis. Furthermore the paper argues that sport is a morally neutral activity, which can have positive influences for society, and is a very effective tool that can be used to pursue a shalom-informed form of development. This is true, regardless of the fact that sport can often be corrupted with negative results. Finally, sport can aid the church in many ways. In particular, sport is a constructive tool for the church to use with regard to friendship-building, cross-cultural relations and church unity. Furthermore, since the church is a major player in the field of development, when the church uses sport to accomplish the above, development is enhanced. Also, the church can help be a moral voice to the areas of sport that are corrupt and it can support initiatives that provide preventative incentives to negative elements within society. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Church and social problems. en_US
dc.subject Social justice. en_US
dc.subject Peace--Religious aspects--Christianity. en_US
dc.subject Sport--Religious aspects--Christianity. en_US
dc.subject Sport--Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.subject Community development--Religious aspects--Christianity. en_US
dc.subject Theses--Theology. en_US
dc.subject Exercise--Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.title Development, shalom, and sport : a biblical perspective. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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