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An Unholy Alliance : The Sacred And Modern Sports
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By author: Robert J. Higgs, Michael C. Braswell
Product Code: P304
ISBN: 9780865549562
Pages: 410
Product Format: Paperback
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An Unholy Alliance offers a dissenting view to the claim by a growing number of scholars that Sports are a new religion. The last few years have seen a spate of books that might be classified by a genre called "Sports Apologetics," that is, arguments defending or celebrating in one way or another the familiar and ongoing alliance in America between sports and religion. Recently, claims have been made by scholars that sports are an authentic religion in and of them-selves. They make this startling assertion not by showing connections with the teachings of Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, or Moses, but by parallels between the rites of modern games and those of preliterate man that were "religious" in nature because they were designed to propitiate powers and to ward off evil for the tribes employing them. In this evocative book, Higgs and Braswell suggest that while sports may often be good things, they are not inherently divine. They do not focus on wide-spread abuse in sports as evidence for their counterargument. Rather, they question the use of mythological parallels from prehistory as justification for viewing sports as a religion.
Buddha on the Backstretch: The Spiritual Wisdom of Driving 200 MPH
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By author: Arlynda Lee Boyer
Product Code: H782
ISBN: 9780881461749
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 182
Product Format: Hardback
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By using Buddhism as a lens to examine NASCAR racing-and NASCAR as a means to illustrate Buddhist teachings, Buddha on the Backstretch provides a unique new perspective to the field of sports and spirituality. Not aimed solely at either Buddhists or race fans, the work's message of self-improvement via popular culture serves as a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for a new generation. Buddha on the Backstretch considers mindfulness, handling setbacks, patience, discipline, heightened awareness, impermanence, equanimity, and how we face death.
Dribbling for Dawah: Sports among Muslim Americans
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By author: Steven Fink
Product Code: P536
ISBN: 9780881465921
Product Format: Paperback / softback
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Amidst a proliferation of scholarly literature about Islam in the United States, very little attention has been given to sports among Muslim Americans. While books about professional Muslim athletes can be found, this is the first book to investigate Muslim American sports at the local level, looking at Muslim basketball leagues, sports programs at mosques and Islamic schools, and sports events hosted by Muslim organizations. Drawing upon personal interviews and observations as well as scholarly sources, this book demonstrates that participation in sports activities plays a vital role in strengthening Islamic piety and fellowship, and in connecting Muslims with non-Muslims in post-9/11 America.
From Season To Season : Sports As American Religion
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By author: Joseph L. Price
Product Code: P308
ISBN: 9780865549616
Pages: 240
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In From Season to Season: Sports as American Religion, nine scholars explore the relationship between religion and sports in American culture. Topics explored include: " The Rhythmic and Religious Significance of American Sports Seasons" "The Pitcher's Mound as Cosmic Mountain" "The Fetish and McGwire's Balls" "The Super Bowl as Religious Festival" "The Final Four as Final Judgment " "A Puckish Reflection on Religion in Canada" "Myth and Ritual in Professional Wrestling"
Game Day and God: Football, Faith and Politics in the American South
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By author: Eric Bain-Selbo
Product Code: H790
ISBN: 9780881461558
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 272
Product Format: Hardback
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Game Day and God: Football, Faith, and Politics in the American South takes seriously the often-stated assertion that college football in the South is a religion. To this end, Eric Bain-Selbo draws upon a wide range of theoretical approaches in religious studies and cultural criticism. He also relies upon field research on several campuses in the Southeastern Conference where he interviewed fans and experienced "game day."

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