Religion and sport: the meeting of sacred and profane

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Greenwood Press, 1993 - Sports & Recreation - 243 pages
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Prebish offers a thoughtful look at sport as a religious experience and argues that sport has become an American religion. The first section of the work contains three chapters that provide a definitional, theoretical, and methodological frame for examining sport as religion. The five chapters that follow, each written by an authority in the field, treat different aspects of the religious dimension of sport. These chapters represent the most important writings on sport as a religious experience, and each author offers a full and thoughtful discussion rather than a cursory overview. A final chapter by Prebish closes the work. The first chapter of the book challenges traditional assumptions about religion and encourages the reader to reconsider what religion is. The second chapter examines the difficulty of defining sport, and the third probes the close relationship between sport and religion. The anthology that follows contains chapters that examine religion and sport from sociological, historical, theological, philosophical, and psychological perspectives. A concluding bibliography lists material for further reading.

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Charles S. Prebish is Professor of Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University and author and editor of numerous works, including "Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America "(California, 1999), "A Survey of Vinaya Literature "(1994), and "American Buddhism "(1979). He is coeditor of "The Faces of Buddhism in America "(California, 1998) and the electronic "Journal of Buddhist Ethics. "Martin Baumann is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, and research fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at Hannover University, Germany. He is the author of "Diaspora: Hindus and Trinidad "(2002), "Migration, Religion, Integration "(2000), and "Deutsche Buddhisten: Geschichte and Gemeinschaften" (1993). He is also coeditor of "Religions fo the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices" (2002). Prebish and Buamann are coeditors of the electronic "Journal of Global Buddhism" (http: //

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