On the Eighth Day: A Catholic Theology of Sport (Hardcover)

On the Eighth Day: A Catholic Theology of Sport By Matt Hoven, J. J. Carney, Max T. Engel Cover Image
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During a 1980s Edmonton Oilers game, fans unveiled a banner claiming, ""On the 8th day, God created Gretzky."" Intersections between religious belief and sporting participation are nothing new, where players, coaches, and fans are known to pray, cross themselves, and point to the heavens during a game. But what should be the relationship between sports and religious faith? On the Eighth Day introduces the theology of sport from a Catholic standpoint. It wrestles with sport's universal appeal, its rich symbolism, and its spiritual and moral characteristics. Sport is a place where embodied games can be sacramental; where traditions of the past speak to contemporary peoples; and where truth and justice are demanded in a world affected by sin. The eighth day recalls the playful, re-creative work of God the Creator embodied in Christ's resurrection. In this sense, this book marks out a ""new day"" in Christian attitudes toward modern sport and the continuing call to redeem sport in service of human flourishing. Comprehensive yet accessible, the book will engage thoughtful lay sports fans and academic students alike.

About the Author

Matt Hoven is Matt Hoven is Kule Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Education at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta at Edmonton, Canada. He is the author of many academic works, including the book Hockey Priest: Father David Bauer and the Spirit of the Canadian Game J. J. Carney is to "J. J. Carney is Professor of Theology at Creighton University. He is the author of multiple books, including For God and My Country: Catholic Leadership in Modern Uganda. Max T. Engel is Associate Professor of Education and Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the lead author of Your School's Catholic Identity: Name It, Claim It, and Build on It.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781666701159
ISBN-10: 1666701157
Publisher: Cascade Books
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 202
Language: English