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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Seamus Rohrer


FOOTBALL

X’s, O’s, and...Mass? The weaponization of religion in college football

Sports and religion have always been intertwined. Religious studies author Robert Ellis points out that in ancient times, sports were seen as “communication with the divine,” and we see this exemplified in many primordial cultures. Cherokee Native Americans played a game understood to be in the presence of the “Great Spirit,” and this early form of organized sport was a means of ensuring fertility. 

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