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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Sport: How Calvinism and Capitalism Shaped America’s Games
By author: Steven J. Overman
Product Code: P419
ISBN: 9780881462265
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 432
Product Format: Paperback
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Steven Overman explores the concordant values of the Protestant ethic, capitalism, and sport by applying German scholar Max Weber’s seminal thesis. Weber demonstrated a relationship between the Protestant ethic and a form of economic behavior he labeled the “spirit of capitalism.” The work introduces readers to the doctrines and values arising out of the Protestant Reformation, notably the strong affirmation of a “calling” and the influences of worldly asceticism.
Winning the Race? Religion, Hope, and Reshaping the Sport Enhancement Debate
By author: Tracy J. Trothen
Product Code: P516
ISBN: 9780881465433
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Format: Paperback / softback
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Should high-tech prosthetic limbs be permissible in elite sports competitions? Why are caffeine and altitude tents usually acceptable while some cold medications are not? What will happen as we engineer new enhancing options such as genetic modification technologies that increase muscle strength, or individualized nutritional genomic programs for elite athletes? The ethics debate about the use of enhancements in elite sport is becoming increasingly complex. Yet we are not asking what relevance sports’ religious dimension has to this debate. Through an examination of literature on the relationship between sport, religion and spirituality, hope emerges as a compelling feature of sport and a significant part of what makes sport meaningful. Trothen explores four main locations of hope in sport: winning, losing, and anticipation; star athletes; perfect moments; and relational embodiment, and examines how these locations intersect with the enhancement debate.

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