Faith in Sports

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Like the rest of America, headline-grabbing sports figures are getting religion in a big way these days. Unlike in years past, though, they are not keeping it to themselves; instead, they are taking it onto the field with them. Award-winning sports writer Steve Hubbard features high-profile athletes who are sharing their faith in uniform and out: men and women, pros and amateurs, from across the sports spectrum. From football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and boxing, to the widely followed Olympic events ...
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Overview

Like the rest of America, headline-grabbing sports figures are getting religion in a big way these days. Unlike in years past, though, they are not keeping it to themselves; instead, they are taking it onto the field with them. Award-winning sports writer Steve Hubbard features high-profile athletes who are sharing their faith in uniform and out: men and women, pros and amateurs, from across the sports spectrum. From football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and boxing, to the widely followed Olympic events (track and field, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball), we hear about their faith.

Before and during games, players such as the 1995 national champion UCLA basketball team kneel down or bow their heads and pray. In postgame interviews, stars such as 100-meter dash winner Gwen Torrence credit God for their victories and express their religious beliefs in a way that was unheard of a decade ago. Whether it is an outspoken Christian like Reggie White, or a devout Muslim like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, religious convictions are spilling over into competition. Faith in Sports tells the stories of the stars and gets to the heart of religious expression in sports. When did it become all the rage for athletes to express faith both in and out of the sports arena? And what about our society that tolerates and even encourages this? How has sport become America's religion?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Inside Sports writer Hubbard (Shark Among Dolphins) promises more than he delivers in this survey of the most religious sports figures. In covering the growing phenomenon of athletes who have gone public with their Christian faith, the author also cites instances of Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist adherents in the sports world. The first third of the book is an assemblage of short notes about famous athletes' religions, taken from magazines and newspapers. Some of these seem forced to fit the molde.g., the reference to a 1996 Sports Illustrated article on Evander Holyfield, Brendan Shanahan and Steffi Graf, noting that "all mention God." There follows a chapter on "true faith," citing many of the most ardent Christian and Muslim believers like Tunch Ilkin, former lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Terrell Buckley, a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins. Another chapter deals with "false faith," wherein Hubbard turns somewhat evasive about Promise Keepters founder Bill McCartney, who, when he was the University of Coloradso football coach, insisted his players attend prayer meetings until the ACLU intervened. Then there is a chapter on the way faith is said to have worked miracles in the lives of former cancer patients like Brett Butler and Paul Azinger. Curiously, the same figures keep recurring in the book; still, sports fans not dismayed by this linking of sports with religion may enjoy it. (Mar.)
Library Journal
From Reggie White to Evander Holyfield, more and more athletes are turning to religion for support and motivation. This book is a series of stories describing why high-profile athletes (professional and amateur) are increasingly praising their inspiration, be it God, Allah, or Buddha. According to veteran sports writer Hubbard (Shark Among Dolphins, LJ 9/15/97), this current trend stems from the numerous pressures felt by athletes today, including fame, wealth, loss of privacy, and performance anxiety. Focusing on religious athletes, he shows how faith becomes part of their sport success or failure, and he allows readers to reach conclusions based on personal understanding and beliefs. This is good reading, but it may be of limited interest; buy only where demand warrants.Larry Robert Little, Penticton P.L., B.C.
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A superficial glance at the presence of religion (really morality) in the lives of some prominent American athletes. Sports journalist Hubbard is the author of several books and many articles, but the experience hasn't helped to create a palatable style: Using bullets to parlay more than half of a book's information is a poor artistic choice, with depth everywhere sacrificed for a thin breadth. Depth certainly cannot be discovered in Hubbard's knowledge of religion. Though he lists athletes of many different faiths, he never explains the divergent beliefs of the scores of athletes he covers, from Tiger Woods to Evander Holyfield. He calls the Jewish festival of Purim "Israel's Halloween," though Purim predates Halloween by centuries, and while he catalogs Christianity and Mormonism separately, he never tells us why Mormonism is theologically distinct. More seriously, he fails to knowledgeably distinguish between the Sunni Muslim beliefs of basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon and the Black Muslim beliefs of such figures as Muhammad Ali. This utter neglect of belief is a symptom of a larger problem. Everywhere, Hubbard treats faith and morality as interchangeable terms; this entirely functionalist view dictates that religion is a positive force in the lives of many athletes only because it promotes good work habits and clean living. Finally, the book (morality play?) is entirely male-centered, clearly directed at a male audience, as when Hubbard tells us that Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney's story is "a valuable lesson for us all because the measure of a man [is] to admit his feelings and strive to become the best person possible." Unpersuasive and unsurprising. (16 b&w photos,not seen)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385486965
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/17/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Many Faiths and Many Sports 7
2 A History of Separation 33
3 Front-Page News 48
4 True Faith 83
5 False Faith 99
6 Finding Fellowship 108
7 Faith and Life 130
8 Faith and Adversity 143
9 The Challenge of Sports 166
10 The Challenge of Faith 178
11 Faith in Sports 194
Epilogue 209
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