The Faith Of 50 Million

The Faith Of 50 Million

by Evans
     
 

The Faith of 50 Million features essays by religion scholars who analyze the relationship between baseball and theology in American culture. Topics include the sense of national identity, baseball and civil religion, "saints and sinners," baseball and the American Dream with regard to racial integration, women and baseball, baseball as metaphor, and baseball

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The Faith of 50 Million features essays by religion scholars who analyze the relationship between baseball and theology in American culture. Topics include the sense of national identity, baseball and civil religion, "saints and sinners," baseball and the American Dream with regard to racial integration, women and baseball, baseball as metaphor, and baseball as spiritual autobiography. Readers will love this fascinating intersection of baseball, race, American civil religion, and contemporary sports culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664223052
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: More than a Game: The Faith of Fifty Million1
Pt. IBaseball and American Religion: The Theological Quest for a National Identity
Ch. 1Baseball as Civil Religion: The Genesis of an American Creation Story13
Ch. 2The Kingdom of Baseball in America: The Chronicle of an American Theology35
Pt. IISaints and Sinners
Ch. 3"Matty" and "Ol' Pete": Divergent American Heroes51
Ch. 4The World of Spirit or the World of Sport? Figuring the Numbers in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea83
Ch. 5From Scapegoat to Icon: The Strange Journey of Shoeless Joe Jackson97
Pt. IIIBaseball and the Search for "The American Dream"
Ch. 6Baseball's Surprising Moral Example: Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, and the Racial Integration of America145
Ch. 7A Diamond Is Forever? Women, Baseball, and a Pitch for a Radically Inclusive Community167
Pt. IVThe Lure of the Elysian Fields
Ch. 8The Coming of Elijah: Baseball as Metaphor187
Ch. 9Baseball: A Spiritual Reminiscence205
Conclusion: The Faith of Fifty Million: A Kingdom on Earth?215
Endnotes223
Selected Bibliography257
Contributors263
Permissions Acknowledgments265
Index of Names267
Index of Subjects271

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