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Passion plays : how religion shaped sports in North America / Randall Balmer.

Author/creator Balmer, Randall Herbert author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2022]
Descriptionx, 177 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents To everything a season: the peculiar passion surrounding team sports -- It breaks your heart: the Industrial Revolution and the origins of baseball -- A great moral force: the Civil War and the origins of football -- Soul of a nation: the Canadian Confederation and the origins of hockey -- A labyrinth of wanderings: urbanization and the origins of basketball -- Shut up and dribble: from the sanctuary to the stadium.
Abstract "Randall Balmer was a late convert to sports talk radio, but he quickly became addicted, just like millions of other devoted American sports fans. As a historian of religion, the more he listened, Balmer couldn't help but wonder how the fervor he heard related to religious practice. Houses of worship once railed against Sabbath-busting sports events, but today most willingly accommodate Super Bowl Sunday. On the other hand, basketball's inventor, James Naismith, was an ardent follower of Muscular Christianity and believed the game would help develop religious character. But today those religious roots are largely forgotten. Here one of our most insightful writers on American religion trains his focus on that other great passion - team sports - to reveal their surprising connections"-- Provided by publisher.
General note"A Ferris and Ferris book."
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formebook version : 9781469670089
LCCN 2022015059
ISBN9781469670065 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBN1469670062 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBNelectronic book
ISBNelectronic book

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