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Muscular Christianity

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About Muscular Christianity

Mens sana in corpore sano – a healthy mind in a healthy body – was the dictum of Masculine Christianity, a a pro-sport movement born on the fictionalised playing fields of Tom Brown's schooldays at Rugby in England, which led to the formation of the YMCA, inventor of basketball and volleyball.

The movement spread to Victoria, along with the belief that participation in sport contributed to the development of Christian morality and 'manly' character. Historic editorials argued for the expansion of athletic clubs in the colony, so that young men could thrive on 'friendly trials of strength, skill and endurance' and be inspired to augment the shrinking congregations of male churchgoers.

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Melbourne Athletic Club gymnasium, Richard Wendel, 1891

Muscular Christianity

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