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Sport and Religion in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Brad Schultz and Mary Lou Sheffer - Contributions by Eric Bain-Selbo; Alan Goldenbach; Bruce Evensen; Chris Geyerman; Robin Hardin; Landon T. Huffman; Jeffrey B. Kurtz; Natalia Mielczarek; Anthony Moretti; Brad Schultz; Terry Shoemaker; Patrick J. Sutherland; Mary Lou Sheffer and Steven N. Waller

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This book examines the relationship between sport and religion with regard to twenty-first century topics such as race, fandom, education, and culture. The contributors provide new insights into the people, movements, and events that define the complex relationship between sport and religion around the world. A wonderful addition to any academic course on religion, sports, ethics, or culture as a whole. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 304Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-1441-5 • Hardback • December 2015 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4985-3056-9 • Paperback • April 2017 • $46.99 • (£31.95)
978-1-4985-1442-2 • eBook • December 2015 • $94.99 • (£65.00)
Brad Schultz is professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi.

Mary Lou Sheffer is associate professor in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Chapter 1: Who’s Got Game?: America’s New Religion
Mary Lou Sheffer


Chapter 2:From Sunday Sermon to Monday Night Football:
The Rise of the Use of Prayer in North American Sports

Alan Goldenbach

Chapter 3:Elegy for the McPheean Moment: False Idols and the
Tyrannical Faith of Celebrity-Sports Culture

Jeffrey B. Kurtz

Chapter 4:Biblical Tales in the Sports News: Narrative and the
Redemption of Michael Vick

Chris B. Geyerman

Chapter 5:An Olympic Religion: Does the IOC Still Have Faith
in the Olympic Games?

Anthony J. Moretti

Chapter 6:“Be Not Conformed”: The Relationship Between Modern Sport and Religion
Brad Schultz


Chapter 7: A Useable Soccer Martyr: The Egyptian Ultras and their Fight for

Legitimacy
Natalia Mielczarek

Chapter 8: Celebrating in a Cemetery: Sport, the Sacred, and a
Search for Significance in Fan Communities
Bruce J. Evensen


Chapter 9: Southern Reconstructing: Sport and the Future of
Religion in the American South

Eric Bain-Selbo and Terry Shoemaker

Chapter 10: Exercising the Spiritual Muscle: Holistic Care Service
Provision in Intercollegiate Athletics

Landon T. Huffman, Robin Hardin, and Steven N. Waller

Chapter 11:Are Sports Programs at Small Church-Affiliated Colleges
and Universities Really Different?
Patrick J. Sutherland


Chapter 12: “Our Hope is Built on Nothing Less”: Why Religion/Spirituality
Matters in the Lives of Black Male College Athletes

Steven N. Waller
Here is one more book among a host of others on sport and religion. Comprising 12 essays, the volume commits itself to this relationship from 'both macro and micro perspectives.' The backgrounds of the contributors range from sports management to journalism and communication arts.... The book's major contribution is bibliographical—the references run to almost 30 pages. And the book rightly encourages far more interdisciplinary scholarship on the myriad possible topics related to sport and religion.... Summing Up: Recommended ... Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.
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Sport and Religion in the Twenty-First Century provides a thorough and nuanced examination of sport and civil religion. Another key strength is in the detailed analysis of the role of media in contemporary sports. . . .Sport and Religion in the Twenty-First Century would be a welcomed volume to its intended audience of academics interested in religion, sports, culture, and ethics.
Sport in American History


In recent years, the connection between sport and religion has gained great interest among scholars of religion and also, to some extent, within the field of sport studies. It is therefore somewhat surprising to find an anthology with the title Sport and Religion in the Twenty-First Century where a majority of the contributors are scholars of communication and media. In itself, this volume indicates how important the discussion on sport and religion has become in the United States…. Not unexpectedly, it is the media perspectives in the book that are the most intriguing. One such example is Jeffrey B. Kurtz’s discussion of how increased media attention to sport has changed the social position of athletes, and how the general public perceives athletes…. Thus, Sport and Religion…is for people with a general interest in sport, religion, and journalism.
Reading Religion


This edited compendium is a unique contribution as it examines both macro and micro elements related to the intersection of—and at times the symbiotic relationship between—sport and religion. Editors Schultz and Sheffer should be commended for the diversity of topics covered in their collection.
Paul M. Pedersen, Indiana University–Bloomington


At last, a thorough and nuanced examination of the inextricable link between sport and religion. Schultz and Sheffer have assembled a terrific list of authors and topics that collectively show that while sport and religion are not twins, they could be interpreted as siblings, closely woven within the fabric of modern culture.
Andrew Billings, University of Alabama


The strength of the book is the range of topics covered, which means that everyone should find something of interest.
Verite Sport


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