Item description for Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport by William J. Baker...
The spectacle of modern sport displays all the latest commercial and technological innovations, yet age-old religious concerns still thrive at the stadium. Coaches lead pre-game and post-game prayers, athletes give God the credit for home runs and touchdowns, and fans wave signs with biblical quotations and allusions. Like no other nation on earth, Americans eagerly blend their religion and sports. "Playing with God" 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.
Early religious opposition to competitive sport focused on the immoderate enthusiasm of players and spectators, the betting on scores, and the preference for playing field over church on Sunday. Disapproval gradually gave way to acceptance when "wholesome recreation" for young men in crowded cities and soldiers in faraway fields became a national priority. Protestants led in the readjustment of attitudes toward sport; Catholics, Jews, Mormons, and Muslims followed. The Irish at Notre Dame, outstanding Jews in baseball, Black Muslims in the boxing ring, and born-again athletes at Liberty University represent the numerous negotiations and compromises producing the unique American mixture of religion and sport.
Citations And Professional Reviews Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport by William J. Baker has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 02/01/2010 page 60
Booklist - 02/01/2007 page 9
Library Journal - 05/01/2007 page 83
Christian Century - 01/15/2008 page 44
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Studio: Harvard University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.32" Width: 6.52" Height: 1.16" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Harvard University Press
ISBN 0674024214 ISBN13 9780674024212
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A must read for every Coach and Local Pastor Jul 26, 2009
The author does outstanding research on the history of sports and how it has been interwoven within the structure of religion. I read every word. As a retired minister and pastoral counselor I was astonished as to how much sports and religion are competitive yet are parallel and both are interwoven into our modern faith and belief systems. I have a son who is an Offensive Coordinator in a local high school and I give it to him for his birthday. It's a great gift. I recommended it last Christmas to a friend to give to their father who enjoys sports and has everything. I also recommended it to my attorney to give to his law partner.