Passion Plays: How Religion Shaped Sports in North America
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The University of North Carolina Press, 2022.
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Randall Balmer., & Randall Balmer|AUTHOR. (2022). Passion Plays: How Religion Shaped Sports in North America . The University of North Carolina Press.

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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. From baseball to basketball and football to ice hockey, Balmer explores the origins and histories of big-time sports from the late nineteenth century to the present, with entertaining anecdotes and fresh insights into their ties to religious life. Referring to Notre Dame football, the Catholic Sun called its fandom "a kind of sacramental." Legions of sports fans reading Passion Plays will recognize exactly what that means.
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