ISBN-10:
0674024214
ISBN-13:
9780674024212
Pub. Date:
04/15/2007
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport

Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport

by William J. Baker
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ISBN-13: 9780674024212
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 743,666
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

?William J. Baker is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Maine.

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

What People are Saying About This

In his carefully researched, beautifully written Playing with God, Bill Baker demonstrates that athletes and ministers have long worked together, and that the idea of sport as a civic religion is far from being an accident or a turn of phrase.

Benjamin G. Rader

Playing with God is sprightly, humorous, fast-paced, and judicious. No other book on modern religion and sport is as expansive, well-researched, or satisfying. Yet another touchdown by a former college quarterback!
Benjamin G. Rader, author of American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports

Randall Balmer

Playing with God surveys the complex and dynamic relationship between sport and religion throughout American history, with a keen eye for the shifting dynamics between these two staples of American life. This is a superb book that invites us to consider even more carefully the relationship between play and piety.
Randall Balmer, Barnard College, Columbia University

Randy Roberts

In his carefully researched, beautifully written Playing with God, Bill Baker demonstrates that athletes and ministers have long worked together, and that the idea of sport as a civic religion is far from being an accident or a turn of phrase.
Randy Roberts, author of The Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports

Elliott Gorn

William Baker's Playing with God is a natural. Baker reveals the countless ways that religious ideas infuse sports, and the complex ways that sports resemble religion. Along the way he tells great stories, and unearths a range of beliefs and practices across time and faiths. This is a fascinating history.
Elliott Gorn, author of A Brief History of American Sports

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