Sport. Faith. Life.
017 | Why We Care About Sports
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Sports fans sometimes wonder, “Why do I care?” In this episode, Dr. Art Remillard, professor of religious studies and author of soon to be released Bodies in Motion: A Religious History of Sports in America, offers an answer. The word “fan” comes from the Latin fanaticus, meaning “possessed by a local deity.” Sport helps define our place, often forming a local identity and connection to others. This “possession” is part of the thrill of sports that has the power both to bring out the best in us, and unfortunately, also our worst.

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