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Rounding the Bases: Baseball And Religion in America (Sports and Religion) [Hardcover]

By Joseph L. Price (Author)
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Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.05"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 8, 2006
Publisher   Mercer University Press
ISBN  0865549990  
EAN  9780865549999  


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After identifying early conflicts between churches and baseball in the late-nineteenth century, Price examines the appropriation of baseball by the House of David, an early twentieth-century millennial Protestant community in southern Michigan. Turning then from historic intersections between baseball and religion, two chapters focus on the ways that baseball reelects religious myths. First, the omphalos myth about the origin and ordering of the world is reflected in the rituals and rules of the game. Then the myth of curses is explored in the culture of superstition that underlies the game. At the heart of the book is a sustained argument about how baseball functions as an American civil religion, affirming and sanctifying American identity, especially during periods of national crises such as wars and terrorist attacks. Building on this analysis of baseball as an America's civil religion, two chapters draw upon novels by W. P. Kinsella and David James Duncan to explore the sacramental potential of baseball and to align baseball with apocalyptic possibilities. The final chapter serves as a full confession, interpreting baseball affiliation stories as conversion narratives. In various ways

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Great book, terrific author  Jan 16, 2007
Clear thinking, insightful connections, lots of larger lessons for life. My kinda book.
 

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