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Religion and Sports in American Culture

Un libro in lingua di Jeffrey Scholes Raphael Sassower edito da Routledge, 2013

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Whether found in the religious purpose of ancient Olympic Games, in curses believed to plague the Chicago Cubs or in the figure of Tim Tebow, religion and sports are tightly intertwined. One way to understand the relationship between sports and religion (particularly Christianity) is to examine how each discourse coalesces around and utilizes common concepts. Scholes and Sassower suggest sports discourse often displaces the centrality of religious institutions as the primary backdrop for political and moral integrity. Sports and Religion in American Culture demonstrates that cultural expressions involving both sports and religion are at times quite similar, but do not suggest an inherent conflict between religion and sports for the same adherents. Both religion and sports are fundamentally social and communal, as they bring people together to worship in public places. Both religion and sports help to understand each other.

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