Joseph L. Price —
In Praise of Play

If sport is an American religion, is that bad for us? What is the metaphysic of baseball? In this show, we'll speak with a theologian and sports fan who has spent much of his career studying the religious character of rituals in sporting events and the spiritual significance of fans' attention to sports.

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is C. Milo Connick Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College in California. His books include From Season to Season: Sports as American Religion.

Selected Readings

More Than a Game

Read Joe Price's thoughts on the Super Bowl phenomenon and how it serves as a point of pilgrimage and spiritual experience.

The Moral Value of Sports: Lessons for the Church

In this essay, theologian Don Richter notes that the practice nature of sports can be just as fruitful in teaching moral values as attending church services.

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Interview with Joan Chandler

Listen to the author of Sport Is Not a Religion discuss the virtues of amateur sports and the role of religion in the contemporary arena.

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