'Fight Church'

I occasionally hear some complain that they wish Christianity were tougher, meaner, and more masculine. That’s always struck Fight Church me as odd, but some Christians are acting on that desire. From USA Today:

Finally, someone is making a movie that answers an important question:

Advertisement

"Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?"

That's a direct quote from Paul Burress, a pastor in Rochester, N.Y., who believes mixed martial arts can help bring people together. He and fellow fighters are profiled in Fight Church, a doc from directors Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel.

Check out the trailer for Fight Church, which features both children and adults trying to beat the hell out of their opponents in the kickboxing ring, which somehow relates to their Christian faith.

I understand the relationship between athletics and faith, but do you think this is comparable? Mixed martial arts is quite controversial; its brutality is illegal in some states. Is this compatible with Christianity, or an aberration? Can one compete in mixed martial arts despite his faith? What about because of it?

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
Stanley Kopacz
5 years 6 months ago
I don't think there's anything intrinsically wrong with it.  I participated in karate in my 20's and it only did me good.  But there was little full contact.  The problem is avoiding brain damage.  It's now known that football and perhaps other sports induce brain damage.  We don't need more reduced intelligence in this country.  We have Fox News for that.  Beyond that, I think that making martial arts central to your church culture is over the top.
John Barbieri
5 years 6 months ago
"Grasshopper, grasshopper....when you can take this stone from my hand..."
-with apologies to "Kung Fu." 

Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

25,000 children and pilgrim sang the pope “Happy Birthday" today in St. Peter’s Square.
Gerard O’ConnellDecember 17, 2017
A reflection for the third Sunday of Advent
Elizabeth Kirkland CahillDecember 16, 2017
Homeless people are seen in Washington June 22. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chair of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee, released a statement Nov. 17 proclaiming that the House of Representatives "ignored impacts to the poor and families" in passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act the previous day. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
The United States is thwarting the advancement of millions of its citizens, a UN rapporteur says.
Kevin ClarkeDecember 16, 2017
Why not tax individuals for what they take out of society instead of what they contribute?
Paul D. McNelis, S.J.December 15, 2017