The Faith of Fifty Million: Baseball, Religion, and American Culture

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Christopher Hodge Evans, William R. Herzog
Westminster John Knox Press, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 274 pages
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The Faith of 50 Million features essays by religion scholars who analyze the relationship between baseball and theology in American culture. Topics include the sense of national identity, baseball and civil religion, "saints and sinners," baseball and the American Dream with regard to racial integration, women and baseball, baseball as metaphor, and baseball as spiritual autobiography. Readers will love this fascinating intersection of baseball, race, American civil religion, and contemporary sports culture.


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Like any collection, some of these articles are better than others, but on the whole, a very nice set of reflections on the role of baseball in American culture and belief. Standouts include Tex Sample's personal essay near the end, and the reexamination of Shoeless Joe Jackson. Read full review

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The religion scholars in this intriguing collection view baseball as a civil religion that can tell us much about American character and attitudes. Although more of us probably watch the Superbowl ... Read full review


More than a Game The Faith of Fifty Million
Baseball and American Religion The Theological Quest for a National Identity
Baseball as Civil Religion The Genesis of an American Creation Story
The Kingdom of Baseball in America The Chronicle of an American Theology
Saints and Sinners
Matty and Ol Pete Divergent American Heroes
The World of Spirit or the World of Sport? Figuring the Numbers in Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea
From Scapegoat to Icon The Strange Journey of Shoeless Joe Jackson
Baseball and the Search for the American Dream
Baseballs Surprising Moral Example Branch Rickey Jackie Robinson and the Racial Integration of America
A Diamond Is Forever? Women Baseball and a Pitch for a Radically Inclusive Community
The Lure of the Elysian Fields
The Coming of Elijah Baseball as Metaphor
Baseball A Spiritual Reminiscence
The Faith of Fifty Million A Kingdom on Earth?

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Page 2 - In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth. the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep. while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
Page 2 - Series had been fixed in 1919, but if I had thought of it at all I would have thought of it as a thing that merely happened, the end of some inevitable chain. It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people—with the singlemindedness of a burglar blowing a safe.
Page 1 - Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he's a gambler." Gatsby hesitated, then added coolly: "He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919." "Fixed the World's Series?" I repeated. The idea staggered me. I remembered, of course, that the World's Series had been fixed in 1919, but if I had thought of it at all I would have thought of it as a thing that merely happened, the end of some inevitable chain. It never...

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Christopher H. Evans is Vice President for Academic Life, Dean of Faculty, Sallie Knowles Crozer Professor of Church History and Director of United Methodist Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York.

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