Originally posted at Jason Staples.

A couple days ago, a friend pointed me to, “Sports Fanatics,” a Christianity Today article in which Shirl James Hoffman (author of the book, Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sports, from which the article is taken) argues that (mainly Evangelical) Christianity’s relationship with sports has ultimately been detrimental to the faith, with the sports culture influencing Christianity more than vice-versa. The article is certainly thought-provoking and worth the read; along the way, he makes numerous excellent points about sports gone bad or too far (such as his lead example, a couple who skipped their daughter’s wedding because it was scheduled on the same day as an Alabama football game).

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