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Jesus and Football: not just for Tebow

While Mary Beth posts on Lutheran identity, I’ll note a couple stories about Football, Jesus, and College.  This story appeared yesterday in the New York Times about Liberty University’s aspirations to be like Notre Dame…at least in football.  Interesting read on football culture and evangelicalism; my own research has found southern evangelicals at the turn of the twentieth century criticizing football (along with boxing) for its violence.  Meanwhile, a few states south of Lynchburg, there was a much tweeted story of the baptism of a football player at the end of practice at Clemson University.  I can’t help but ponder what this means for “Secularization of the Academy” narratives; at least on the football field, religious practice seems alive and well.

Posted by Joe Creech

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