Women Bludgeoning Women: On the UFC and Femininity

I had a friend point me to this Sports Illustrated article on tomorrow night’s UFC fight between two women, the first of its kind. The SI author, Melissa Segura, trumpets the bout as a major step forward for women. Here’s a description of what Ronda Rousey, the favorite, does in her trademark move: Rousey’s career, [Read More...]

Are Mixed Martial Arts Ethical for Christians?

As it has done before, the New York Times just covered Mixed Martial Arts.  The article, “The Fight Club Generation,” is well worth reading. Here’s a snatch: Evidence that cage fighting has replaced boxing as the combat sport of choice, at least to some men of a certain age, has been quietly mounting for years. [Read More...]

Church Fight Clubs: Good or Bad Idea?

The New York Times just published an article entitled “Flock Is Now a Fight Team in Some Ministries” that bears looking into.  It profiles evangelical “fight clubs” and quotes a number of pastors and young men who participate in them. Here are some key quotations: Mr. Renken’s ministry is one of a small but growing [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, March 28. 2008: Blogging Tournaments, Disney World, Blog Gems, and Violence

1. Whew. It’s been quite a week here at consumed. This little blog has seen a relative avalanche of comments due to some controverted content. I’m really thankful for those who have weighed in, and it was interesting to hear another side of the Billy Wolfe saga. Thanks again to everyone who wrote in. I [Read More...]

Further Thoughts on Guys, Fighting, and Needless Violence

There have been some great comments on recent posts. Thanks to all who have written in with thoughtful things to say. Even when folks have disagreed with me, they’ve been charitable and reasonable. I’ll focus today on how Christians might understand needless violence. With pursuits like football, or backyard boxing, or karate, how are we [Read More...]

Is Vicious Combat Between Guys a Good Thing? The New York Times on Mixed Martial-Arts

The New York Times magazine just published a story on mixed martial-arts fighting that caught my eye. Paul Wachter has crafted “Gladiator” as an exploration of the culture and morality of this “sport”, which is rapidly growing in the United States. I’ve read material on this sport before but had not encountered an article of [Read More...]


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