Passion Plays

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Randall Balmer, an Episcopal priest and John Phillips Chair in Religion at Dartmouth College, chats with Trey Elling about PASSION PLAYS: HOW RELIGION SHAPED SPORTS IN NORTH AMERICA. Topics include:

  • Baseball as counterculture to the Industrial Revolution (2:32)
  • Football benefitting from the US Civil War (17:08)
  • Hockey as a metaphor for Canada (28:24)
  • Basketball’s similarities to American urbanization (35:50)
  • Are sports the new opiate of the masses (43:56)