God In The Stadium: Sports and Religion in America

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From the worship of Michael Jordan to the downfall of O.J. Simpson, it has become clear that sports and sports heroes have assumed a role in American society far out of proportion to their traditional value. In this powerful critique of present-day American popular culture, Robert J. Higgs examines the complex and increasingly pervasive control that sports wield in shaping the national self-image. He provides a thoughtful history and analysis of the ways sports and religion have become intertwined and offers a stringent indictment of the sports-religion-media-education complex.
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"The culmination of a lifetime of observation and concern about the increasingly pervasive influence of sport on American culture, the book is personal and passionate, almost polemical in its concern with the symbiotic relationship reach, and its effort to synthesize sport and religion in the public values and private rituals of American life." — Florida Historical Quarterly

"A thoughtful history and analysis of the ways sports and religion have become intertwined." — Impact

"Higgs provides valuable between evangelical religion and competitive athletics." — Journal of American History

"The virtue of this study is its broad interpretations about the place American sports has occupied in the university, the military, and in the politics." — Culture, Sport, Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813108537
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 11/2/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.06 (d)

Table of Contents

1 From Sabbath Bans to Super Sunday 1
2 The Old Knight in the New World 22
3 Revolutionary Heroes and Fighting Parsons 36
4 The Acrobatic Christianity of the Early Frontier 53
5 The Soul of American Knighthood 73
6 The Consecration of College Sports 100
7 Manliness Moves West 120
8 Playful Alternatives 145
9 Sportianity versus Mountainity 167
10 Builders of Character and the YMCA 189
11 Cloning West Point on the American Campus 208
12 Symbols of the Union of Caesar and Christ 229
13 Power in the Sweat 246
14 Field Generals of the Crusade 262
15 Power in the Tube 286
16 The Knight and the Shepherd 309
Works Cited 334
Index 359
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