Definition of muscular Christianity in English:

muscular Christianity


  • A Christian life of brave and cheerful physical activity, especially as popularly associated with the writings of Charles Kingsley and with boys' prep schools of the Victorian British Empire.

    ‘Then in England, since it does seem to be a legacy of the Victorian public school and its ethos of muscular Christianity (the Christianity has taken a very back seat), it alienates most of the population immediately.’
    • ‘108 years ago they started out in Athens on the coat-tails of muscular Christianity, activities for fine, fit young men.’
    • ‘Rules were imposed through the playing of football of various kinds at the public schools, from which it was disseminated as part of an evangelical culture of muscular Christianity in a drive to reform the urban working class.’
    • ‘The empire was transformed from a playground for male fantasies and libidinous release; and public schools became havens of muscular Christianity and erotic yearnings.’
    • ‘The novels, and the new ideals of masculinity, the critiques of Protestantism, the reconstruction of Christ, the institutionalization and sacralization of sports were all component parts of muscular Christianity.’
    • ‘The muscular Christianity of founders like Massachusetts' John Adams informed governmental precepts we now take for granted, such as checks and balances (which presumes the fallibility of men).’
    • ‘A reading of Tom Brown's Schooldays had convinced him that the brand of muscular Christianity attributed to Arnold explained the economic and military success of the British Empire.’
    • ‘It was a sort of muscular Christianity one got taught there really.’
    • ‘This is muscular Christianity with a vengeance, where there is no room for humility, compassion, or concern for the poor.’
    • ‘Until the 1950s the ethos was still muscular Christianity.’
    • ‘Another feature of this school life of ice-topped morning milk bottles and chattering teeth as the Yorkshire winter set in, was the muscular Christianity and Army routine that was intended to promote mens sana in corpore sano.’
    • ‘Classical humanism, combined with the muscular Christianity of the playing fields, became the model not only of the public schools but also of the endowed grammar schools, even in industrial towns such as Leeds.’


muscular Christianity

/ˈməskyələr ˌkrisCHēˈanədē/ /ˈməskjələr ˌkrɪstʃiˈænədi/