Passion Plays: How Religion Shaped Sports in North America

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University of North Carolina Press
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5.98 X 9.29 X 0.79 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Randall Balmer is professor of American religious history at Barnard College, Columbia University, and visiting professor at Yale University Divinity School. He is editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and his commentaries on religion in America have appeared in Sojourners, The Nation, the New York Times, and in newspapers across the country. He regularly appears on television and radio to discuss contemporary religious issues in America. Balmer has published eleven books including, Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical's Lament and Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, which was made into a three-part documentary for PBS. He lives in Woodbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Catherine Randall, who is also a professor and an author.

An engaging look at the historical conditions surrounding America's secular, on-field religions."--Kirkus Reviews

Compelling and absorbing...a lively introduction to the historical origins of the sports that we watch and play, while also inviting deeper reflection into the relationship between our religious practices, our sporting devotions, and the social worlds that we share with others...Balmer's posture is one of wonder and curiosity as he revels in the potential implications of his findings. It's that journeying spirit and the strength of Balmer's clear and accessible writing that make this book shine."--Christianity Today

[Passion Plays] does what no other sports book has ever done -- that is, connect the rituals of modern sport and trace them back to American society's religious roots. Whether you prefer a home run, touchdown, goal or basket, Balmer definitely scores with this book and you will too if you take the time to read it."--Religion Unplugged

This entertaining history examines the religious and cultural roots of baseball, basketball, football, and hockey . . . . The illuminating insights into how sports reflect the historical periods and communities in which they developed will change how fans see the games. This one is a winner."--Publishers Weekly

Recommended . . . . Well written and includes fascinating examples of the close connections between team sport and religion in shaping American values, beliefs, and manly behavior."--CHOICE

Randall Balmer offers a rich, wide-ranging take on the relationship between religion and sports in a relatively slim volume. . . . effective and compelling. . . .engages with the various social, political, and economic factors that contribute to our understanding of sports culture and American culture at large."--Mihee Kim-Kort, Reading Religion