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Rounding the Bases: Baseball And Religion in America
By author: Joseph L. Price
Product Code: P366
ISBN: 9780881460407
Publisher: Mercer University Press
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After identifying early conflicts between churches and baseball in the late-nineteenth century, Price examines the appropriation of baseball by the House of David, an early twentieth-century millennial Protestant community in southern Michigan. Turning then from historical intersections between base-ball and religion, two chapters focus on the ways that baseball reflects religious myths. First, the omphalos myth about the origin and ordering of the world is reflected in the rituals and rules of the game. Then the myth of curses is explored in the culture of superstition that underlies the game. At the heart of the book is a sustained argument about how baseball func-tions as an American civil religion, affirming and sanctifying American identity, especially during periods of national crises such as wars and terrorist attacks. Building on this analysis of baseball as an American civil religion, two chapters draw upon novels by W. P. Kinsella and David James Duncan to explore the sacramental potential of baseball and to align baseball with apocalyptic possibilities. The final chapter serves as a full confession, interpreting baseball affiliation stories as conversion narratives. In various ways Rounding the Bases charts new territory in the literature about baseball and religion. Unlike previous works (such as The Faith of Fifty Million) that merely assert that baseball, as the national pastime, is an American civil religion, or others (such as And God Said, “Play Ball”) that draw parallels between the Bible and baseball, this book develops a sustained sociological argument for the conclusion that baseball is “a distinct denomination of American civil religion.”

The Great God Baseball: Religion in Modern Baseball Fiction
By author: Allen E. Hye
Product Code: H675
ISBN: 9780865549319
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 192
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Within the excellent, if underrated, body of adult baseball fiction that emerged in the latter half of the twentieth century, one finds a distinctive subgenre of baseball novels that feature the religious aspirations of their characters and the spiritual qualities of the game of baseball. The Great God Baseball looks at nine of these novels, including lesser known gems and established classics. It endeavors to make them more accessible to casual as well as serious readers, fans and non-fans alike, through discussion of key motifs, analysis of unique narrative structure, and frequent cross-references that locate the works in a literary context. The Literary Line-Up includes: 1. Douglass Wallop, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant (1954) 2. James F. Donohue, Spitballs & Holy Water (1977) 3. Jerome Charyn, The Seventh Babe (1979) 4. W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe (1982) 5. Eric Rolfe Greenberg, The Celebrant (1983) 6. Nancy Willard, Things Invisible to See (1984) 7. W. P. Kinsella, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986) 8. David James Duncan, The Brothers K (1992) 9. Darryl Brock, Havana Heat (2000) The varied religious experiences portrayed in these superb novels stimulate us to engage our society, our national pastime, our own imagination, and our sense of spiritual awareness. From a literary encounter with the great game of baseball, we emerge, as if from a church, temple, or ball park, different, re-created people. The Great God Baseball seeks to be an agent for this encounter.
The Great God Baseball: Religion in Modern Baseball Fiction
By author: Allen E. Hye
Product Code: P288
ISBN: 9780865549395
Pages: 192
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Within the excellent, if underrated, body of adult baseball fiction that emerged in the latter half of the twentieth century, one finds a distinctive subgenre of baseball novels that feature the religious aspirations of their characters and the spiritual qualities of the game of baseball. The Great God Baseball looks at nine of these novels, including lesser known gems and established classics. It endeavors to make them more accessible to casual as well as serious readers, fans and non-fans alike, through discussion of key motifs, analysis of unique narrative structure, and frequent cross-references that locate the works in a literary context. The Literary Line-Up includes: 1. Douglass Wallop, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant (1954) 2. James F. Donohue, Spitballs & Holy Water (1977) 3. Jerome Charyn, The Seventh Babe (1979) 4. W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe (1982) 5. Eric Rolfe Greenberg, The Celebrant (1983) 6. Nancy Willard, Things Invisible to See (1984) 7. W. P. Kinsella, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986) 8. David James Duncan, The Brothers K (1992) 9. Darryl Brock, Havana Heat (2000) The varied religious experiences portrayed in these superb novels stimulate us to engage our society, our national pastime, our own imagination, and our sense of spiritual awareness. From a literary encounter with the great game of baseball, we emerge, as if from a church, temple, or ball park, different, re-created people. The Great God Baseball seeks to be an agent for this encounter.
The Holy Trinity of American Sports : Civil Religion in Football, Baseball, and Basketball
By author: Craig A. Forney
Product Code: P401
ISBN: 9780881461732
Pages: 224
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The Holy Trinity of American Sports explores how football, baseball, and basketball interact to illustrate civil religion in the United States. Like the three branches of federal government, three games express the three dimensional worldview of the country, mindful of realities, ideals, and progress from real conditions to the ideal.
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
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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.

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