Andrew Borror

After graduating from Hope in 2015, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill. During my time at UNC, I became increasingly curious about the bigger questions behind my discipline: What is health? To what extent should we pursue it through exercise? I was troubled that no one in the science community seemed to be asking these questions. Before starting my Ph.D., I took a year off to study the theology of health and medicine at Duke Divinity School. Since being at Duke, I’ve decided to switch paths and pursue a Ph.D. in Practical Theology, examining how the Christian faith ought to form and inform our pursuit of health through exercise. My Ph.D. goal is to construct a Theology of Physical Fitness. Caring for the body is important, but if we want our pursuit of fitness to be properly ordered, we need to place it within the larger narrative of creation and redemption. We also need to consider biblical accounts of strength and weakness, and what it means to be truly human. I believe my time at Hope prepared me well for this path by allowing me to study the sciences in a liberal arts context with a rich Christian heritage. At Hope, students are invited to pursue truth as whole persons and no questions are off the table. My hope is that the work I’m doing will enable not only academics and health professionals, but all Christians to engage with fitness culture faithfully.

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