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Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport
Playing with God Like no other nation on earth, Americans eagerly blend their religion and sports. This work traces this dynamic relationship from the Puritan condemnation of games as sinful in the 17th Century to the near deification of athletic contests in our own day. Full description
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published April 4th 2007 by Harvard University Press
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This book offers the broadest look at religion and sport from the nineteenth century to the present I have encountered. Approachable and filled with examples to balance the historical analysis, it looks at many faith traditions, from fundamentalist to mainline Protestant, to Catholic, Jewish and Muslim encounters with religion. It also looks at a range of sports, from the most recreational to the more demanding and brutal. As such, it is comprehensive. If a fairly objective overview and ...more