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''Ellis convincingly argues that humans at play reach outward and upward, signifying and participating in God toward our playful destiny. Ellis moves deftly between historical considerations of sports and thick descriptions of sport practitioner and spectator motivations, attitudes, and experiences; analysis of theological themes (sin and salvation); and contemporary social, moral, economic, and political matters which Christians must examine as citizens whose loyalty is ultimately to God's will and way on earth as it is in heaven.''
--John B. White, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, TX

''The way Ellis takes concepts based on play, salvation, and sin . . . and applies them to sport, arguing that participation in sport can be seen as a participation in God's playful creativity, is groundbreaking.''
--J. Stuart Weir, Verite Sport, Oxford, England

''[Ellis] masterfully weaves a thread through the church's inconstant history with sport, dissects sport as a modern cultural phenomenon, and armed with a prodigious arsenal of evidence, dares to ask whether the transcendent moments of sport might actually be experiences of God. A must-read for anyone hoping to understand how sport fits within the Christian tradition.''
--Shirl James Hoffman, Kinesiology Today, American Kinesiology Association --Wipf and Stock Publishers

About the Author

Robert Ellis is Principal of Regent's Park College, Oxford, and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion in the University of Oxford. He is the author of Answering God: Towards a Theology of Intercession.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock (April 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608998908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608998906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PrincetonWill on October 24, 2014
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A fantastic work that should be read by anyone interested in the sports and religion conversation
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