Baseball as A Road to God

Baseball as A Road to God

Seeing Beyond the Game

Book - 2013
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A love letter to America's most beloved sport and an exploration of the deeper dimensions it reveals

For more than a decade, New York University President John Sexton has used baseball to illustrate the elements of a spiritual life in a wildly popular course at NYU. Using some of the great works of baseball fiction as well as the actual game's fantastic moments, its legendary characters, and its routine rituals--from the long-sought triumph of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, to the heroic achievements of players like the saintly Christy Mathewson and the sinful Ty Cobb, to the loving intimacy of a game of catch between a father and son--Sexton teaches that through the game we can touch the spiritual dimension of life.

Baseball as a Road to God is about the elements of our lives that lie beyond what can be captured in words alone--ineffable truths that we know by experience rather than by logic or analysis. Applying to the secular activity of baseball a form of inquiry usually reserved for the study of religion, Sexton reveals a surprising amount of common ground between the game and what we all recognize as religion: sacred places and time, faith and doubt, blessings and curses, and more.

In thought-provoking, beautifully rendered prose, this book elegantly demonstrates that baseball is more than a game, or even a national pastime: It can be a road to a deeper and more meaningful life.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781592407545
Branch Call Number: 796.35701 SEXTON
Characteristics: xiv, 242 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Peter J.
Oliphant, Thomas

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emily8 Apr 02, 2013

unnecessarily complicated - path is all inclusive - not recommended

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