Physical Strength and Beauty Have a Biblical Purpose

Doug Wilson posted a video this spring detailing his distaste for the gym. Specifically, his distaste for bodybuilding. It’s ironic and perhaps inappropriate for an overweight man to criticize those who are perhaps extreme in their physical fitness, but at least are on the better end of the spectrum than himself.

It’s fair to say that there are some things wrong with bodybuilding, but in order to do so accurately we must distinguish between various things that go by that title. What bodybuilding is often associated with can be a number of unrelated things, some good and some bad: Steroid use. Excessive tanning. Muscular development. Self-confidence. Masculinity. Power. Strength. Health. Addiction. Narcissism. Self-doubt. Fear of rejection. Exhibitionism. Blackness. Drug use. Obsessive compulsive disorder. Homosexuality. Players. Christianity. Hedonism. Fascism. Militarism.

These are just a few of the things that come to mind regarding bodybuilding. Clearly not all of these are immoral or ...

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