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Religion in Sports

World Cup and Faith Can Conflict, Too

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

The declaration challenges Christians to resist becoming so wrapped up in winning that they cut ethical corners. And it confronts another ever-present temptation for fans and players. "God," the declaration writers declare, "should not be portrayed as favoring one team or athlete over another."

Divisive Piety at the Olympics?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Sports
David Katz, M.D.

When American athletes -- and if not exclusively, it does seem to be at least particularly American athletes -- are interviewed after a winning performance, they tend to accredit the victory to God first and foremost. God comes in ahead of spouses, parents, and even coaches.

If Tim Tebow Were Muslim, Would America Still Love Him?

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin | Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

What if the first thing Tim Tebow said in interviews was: "First, I would like to thank Allah and send blessings upon Prophet Muhammad." Would America think God was on his side then?

Rethinking The Penn State Prayer

Shirl James Hoffman, Ed.D. | Posted 01.22.2012 | Religion
Shirl James Hoffman, Ed.D.

Pausing in the stadium in the midst of the Saturday afternoon festivities to remember the victims of Sandusky's alleged abuses made a great deal of sense. Why a prayer spectacle was required to do this isn't at all clear to me.

'Playing For Jesus': The Christian Rise And Fall Of Ben Roethlisberger

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

For the second time, Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers quarterback who used to take the field with the words "Playing for Jesus" scrawled on his cleats, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman.