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Newly Published: Fight Sports and the Church

New on our bookshelf:

Fight Sports and the Church: Boxing and Martial Arts Ministries in America
By Richard Wolff

Fighting sports may seem at odds with Christian tradition, yet modern ministries have embraced them as a means for evangelism and social outreach. While news media often sensationalize fighting sports, churches see them as a way to appeal to male congregants, presenting a peace-loving yet tough model of discipleship.

From martial arts programs at suburban churches to urban boxing ministries geared towards at-risk youth, this book examines the substantial history of church sponsored training in combat sports, and presents arguments by Christian ethicists about their compatibility with church teachings and settings.

Interviews with boxing and martial arts ministry leaders describe their programs and the relationship between fight sports and faith.