Onward Christian Athletes: Turning Ballparks Into Pulpits and Players Into Preachers

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2010 - Religion - 221 pages
Players pointing triumphantly to the heavens. Lavishly paid pro athletes proclaiming their Christianity in public every chance they get. Faith Nights at professional sports events. The hand of God proclaimed in every win streak. Pro sports teams are supposed to provide a civic rallying ground where fans of widely varying background and faiths come together. In Onward Christian Athletes, religion expert and commentator Tom Krattenmaker takes us behind the scenes of the conservative Christian movement to evangelize in the club house and enlist pro athletes to promote a specific brand of Christianity outside the mainstream of a religiously and politically diverse America.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Representing for God in
29
Discipling Athletes for a Roster Spot
51
Winning for Jesus But Finding Him in
69
Baseball Chapel
87
Faith Days
107
The Political Acquiescence
147
Getting it Right
189
Index
211
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About the author (2010)

Tom Krattenmaker is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors and a frequent contributor to its weekly On Religion series. His work has also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, and Salon. He resides in Portland, Oregon.

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