Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport

Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport

by William J. Baker
     
 

Like no other nation on earth, Americans eagerly blend their religion and sports. This book traces this dynamic relationship from the Puritan condemnation of games as sinful in the seventeenth century to the near deification of athletic contests in our own day.See more details below

Overview

Like no other nation on earth, Americans eagerly blend their religion and sports. This book traces this dynamic relationship from the Puritan condemnation of games as sinful in the seventeenth century to the near deification of athletic contests in our own day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024212
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,155,018
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. Old Gods and Games

2. The Road to Brawnville

3. Praying and Playing in the YMCA

4. Sweetening the Gospel with Sport

5. When Dixie Took a Different Stand

6. God and Country Games

7. For God, the Gipper, and the Green

8. Sunday Games

9. Playing on the Fringe

10. Making a Pitch for Jesus

11. Athletes for Allah

12. Teammates and Soul Mates

13. Gods and Games Today

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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