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Faith and sport highlights discussion at this year’s Christian Culture Lecture Series at StFX

February 24th, 2017
Dr. Jim Parry

Faith and sport will be the topic of discussion at this year’s Christian Culture Lecture Series at StFX.

Dr. Jim Parry, an internationally known professor of the philosophy of sport, and currently Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, will give the 2016-17 Christian Culture Lectures at StFX on March 2 and 3, 2017.

The Christian Culture Lecture Series at StFX is an annual set of lectures by internationally-known scholars of religion, scripture, church history, and ethics. Invited speakers provide a minimum of two public lectures on topics related to their scholarly expertise and their current research.

Dr. Parry will give two lectures, open to the public, in the Schwartz School of Business. The first will take place on Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 156 and the second on Friday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 205.

In the Thursday evening lecture, entitled “The Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Sport,” Dr. Parry will talk about what sport is and discuss its defining and foundational virtues.

On Friday afternoon, in “Olympism and Sport as Religion,” he will build on the understanding of sport, and show how ethics and politics, as well as religiosity and spirituality, are presented in the philosophy of Olympism.

Dr. Parry was the chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association (2011-13), International Professor of Olympic Studies at Autonomous University of Barcelona (2003), International Professor and Olympic Chair at the University of Ghent (2009), founding director of the British Olympic Academy (1986), and former chair of the British Universities Physical Education Association (1983-85). He received the International Association for Philosophy of Sport Distinguished Scholar Award (2010-11), and is the co-author of “The Olympic Games Explained” (2005), and “Sport and Spirituality” (2007).

Dr. William Sweet, chair of the Christian Culture Lecture Series Committee, says that Dr. Parry brings a remarkable unification of scholarship and experience to his research, and that StFX is fortunate to be able to host a person of his stature in this year’s Christian Culture Lecture Series.

“Professor Parry’s work expresses a deep commitment to understanding the joyful sport experience and its relation to spirituality. He is an exceptional example of a scholar capable of drawing upon both research and practical involvement in the discussion of issues relating to the spiritual significance of sport.”

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