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- DescriptionExamining hope as a spiritual dimension of sport-how hope is morally relevant to the sport enhancement debate should high-tech prosthetic limbs be permissible in elite sports competitions? Why are caffeine and engineer new enhancing options such as genetic modification techlogies that increase muscle strength, or individualized nutritional gemic programs for elite athletes? The ethics debate about the use of enhancements in elite sport is becoming increasingly complex. Yet we are t asking what relevance sports' religious dimension has to this debate. Through an examination of literature on the relationship between sport, religion and spirituality, hope emerges as a compelling feature of sport and a significant part of what makes sport meaningful. Trothen explores four main locations of hope in sport: winning, losing, and anticipation; star athletes; perfect moments; and relational embodiment, and examines how these locations intersect with the enhancement debate. Using Christian theological reflection to problematize the four main approaches to the ethical question of enhancement use in elite sport, and the underlying values informing these approaches, Trothen asks: How will hope in sport potentially be affected by tech-science? And how might a valuing of sports' spiritual dimension-and particularly hope-reshape the sport enhancement debate? The clear conclusion is that sports' spiritual dimension includes hope, and the locations of hope in sport are morally relevant to the sport enhancement discussion.
- Author BiographyTracy J. Trothen is associate professor of Theology and Ethics at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Trothen holds a ThD degree from Emmanuel College, University of Toronoto. She is author of several publications including Shattering the Illusion: Child Sexual Abuse and Canadian Religious Institutions and is coeditor of two anthologies, Religion and Sexuality: Diversity and the Limits of Tolerance and Religion and Transhumanism: The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement.
- Author(s)Tracy J. Trothen
- PublisherMercer University Press
- Date of Publication30/10/2015
- SubjectAthletics & Gymnastics
- Series TitleSports and Religion Series
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMercer University Press
- Weight525 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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