A biblical doctrine of physical education

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dennis Wallace Martin (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Sarah M. Robinson

Abstract: In this study, the author constructed a Biblical doctrine of physical education using the literal hermeneutical method of interpretation, also known as the grammatical/historical method. All Bible passages relating to the nature of man and physical activity were listed and analyzed for their meaning. Both deductive and inductive analyses were used. From these meanings, principles and concepts were derived which relate to the nature of man and to physical education. These principles and concepts were then structured into several models describing the nature of man and one model describing Biblical physical education. Lastly, the physical education model was evaluated and implications for curriculum theorizing in physical education were discussed. The following conclusions were reached. Unregenerate man is basically dualistic in nature while regenerate man is tripartite. Biblical physical education is the use of physical activity for the purpose of developing Christ-like characteristics in the life of the believer. Biblical physical education seeks to develop a healthy body in the participant which must last for a lifetime on earth while attempting to transform the inner man of the person which lasts for all eternity. Several athletic metaphors are used in the Bible primarily to illustrate spiritual truth.

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Language: English
Date: 1983
Bible $v Commentaries
Physical education and training $x Philosophy
Physical education and training $x Religious aspects
Physical education and training $x Curricula
Physical education and training in literature

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