Fields of Praise – God and the Great Sporting Liturgies


Since Tertullian, religious imagery and sport have never been far away: the stadium shrines, devoted supporters, teams that have experienced resurrection and athletes who’ve achieved immortality. Does sport feed a deeply religious need in contemporary society? Have its rituals and liturgies eclipsed those of the Christian Church?

Iwan Russell-Jones is a producer at BBC Wales, having previously worked as an associate professor of Theology, Media and Culture at Columbia Theological Seminary. His recent projects for the BBC have included a film for Good Friday with the poet Michael Symmons Roberts and a documentary about the theological dimensions of Martin Luther King’s leadership of the civil rights movement.

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