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Playing for GodEvangelical Women and the Unintended Consequences of Sports Ministry$
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Annie Blazer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479898015

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479898015.001.0001

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Challenging the Call

Challenging the Call

Sexual Desire and Sexual Deviance

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(p.129) 5 Challenging the Call
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Playing for God
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Annie Blazer

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479898015.003.0006

Evangelical condemnation of homosexuality stems from the idea that God intends heterosexual love and marriage for every believer and that God has the power to alter a person’s sexual desires to bring believers into alignment with this plan. For women in sports ministry, many of whom have had positive interactions with out lesbians or have known evangelical women struggling with same-sex attraction, the issue of human sexuality has fostered feelings of extreme ambivalenceas they attempt to reconcile evangelical orthodoxy on God’s power and plan with their own lived athletic experiences. This chapter examines female Christian athletes’ reactions to lesbians and to same-sex attraction in order to shed light on evangelicalism under stress. Though sports ministry founders never could have anticipated sports ministry becoming a venue to work out stances on sexuality, contemporary sports ministry organizations have had to address this highly charged issue.

Keywords:   same-sex attraction, sexuality, desire, ambivalence, lesbians

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