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An Unholy Alliance : The Sacred And Modern Sports
Product Code: P304
ISBN: 9780865549562
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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.

From Season To Season : Sports As American Religion
By author: Joseph L. Price
Product Code: P308
ISBN: 9780865549616
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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"

No Saints, No Saviors: My Years With The Allman Brothers Band
By author: William Perkins
Product Code: H688
ISBN: 9780865549678
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Willie Perkins left the staid, conservative world of commercial bank auditing to jump headlong into the burgeoning beginnings of The Allman Brothers Band and follows their meteoric and sometimes tragic rise, fall, and revival. Perkins’s interest in the business of music and his association with an interesting pair of friends led him to the opportunity to work with the Allmans at the earliest stage of their career. For the first time we learn from a true insider what it was like to live the nomadic life on the road with the Allman brothers.

How They Shine : Melungeon Characters in the Fiction of Appalachia
Product Code: P324
ISBN: 9780865549838
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How They Shine is the first book of its kind—a book about books with Melungeon characters. Its clear, readable presentation invites scholarly attention from a variety of disciplines, lay readers, residents of Appalachia, and readers who love good books that ask an interesting question: “Why would someone choose to write about Melungeons?”

A Piety Above the Common Standard: Jesse Mercer and the Defense of Evangelistic Calvinism
By author: Anthony L. Chute
Product Code: P325
ISBN: 9780865549845
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This book explores the role of Jesse Mercer (1769–1841) within the debates of his day as he promoted the first form of the Georgia Baptist Convention. His Calvinistic theology governed his actions and life. He emphasized missions, theological training for pastors, and cooperation between churches in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Paul Tillich And Psychology : Historic And Contemporary Explorations in Theology, Psychotherapy, And Ethics
By author: Terry D. Cooper
Product Code: P330
ISBN: 9780865549937
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Paul Tillich, more than any other theologian of the twentieth century, maintained an energetic dialogue with psychology, and especially psychotherapy. Perhaps the greatest contribution this book offers is a careful narra-tive and analysis of the meetings of the New York Psychology Group, which involved such figures as Tillich, Fromm, May, Rogers, Seward Hiltner, Ruth Benedict, and David Roberts, and others.

Rounding the Bases : Baseball And Religion in America
By author: Joseph L. Price
Product Code: H708
ISBN: 9780865549999
Product Format: Hardback
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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.”

Baptist Autographs in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 1741-1845
Edited by: Timothy D. Whelan
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H780
ISBN: 9780881461442
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This book offers the student of English Baptist history (1741–1845) access to a remarkable archive of Baptist letters found in the collections of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, of which only a handful have ever been seen before. Not only do these letters add greatly to our understanding of Baptist history during these years, but the biographical footnotes and glossary of names included in the book provide an invaluable resource tool for students who do not have the opportunity to conduct archival research.

The Life and Writings of Thomas Helwys
By author: Joe Early Jr.
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H781
ISBN: 9780881461466
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One of the earliest Baptist voices and martyr for his faith, Thomas Helwys was the first permanent Baptist and founder of the first Baptist church in England. He is best known for his seminal work on religious liberty, A Short Declaration of the Mystery of Iniquity. In Thomas Helwys: Life and Writings, Joe Early has provided the reader with a concise theological biography of Helwys and a compilation of all his extant writings.

Buddha on the Backstretch: The Spiritual Wisdom of Driving 200 MPH
By author: Arlynda Lee Boyer
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H782
ISBN: 9780881461749
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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.

The Life and Letters of Emily Chubbuck Judson: Volume 2; 1826–1845
Edited by: George H. Tooze
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H783
ISBN: 9780881461497
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Emily Chubbick Judson (1817–1854) was a nationally known writer (her pseudonym was Fanny Forrester) with pieces appearing alongside those by Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman, and she walked in literary company second to none. Volume 2 consists of the early letters Emily Chubbick Judson from the years 1836 through 1845.

Through the Back Door: Melungeon Literacies and Twenty-First Century Technologies
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P387
ISBN: 9780881461503
Product Format: Paperback
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Price: $22.00
Just a century ago, while specialized practices such as farming, preserving food, hunting, gathering, and distilling ensured survival in the unforgiving mountain environment, most Melungeons could neither read nor write and refused to see those skills as part of a cultural imperative. In the twenty-first century, taking reading and writing for granted, Melungeon descendants are exploring their ethnic identity by creating websites and participating in listserv discussions.

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