Kurtz, L. R. (2016). Gods in the global village: The world’s religions in sociological perspective (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Chapter 5, “The Religious Ethos”“Religion and Politics” (pp. 198–210)
Chapter 6, “Modernism and Multiculturalism”“The Modernist Crisis and the 21st Century” (pp. 227–250)
Walden University Library. (2015). Ask a librarian. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/ask
USC ORL. (Producer). (2013, December 2). Are sports a religion? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp_NFGE7qzA
Note: The approximate length of this video is 79 minutes.
World Rugby. (Producer). (2015, September 20). The history behind the all blacks intimidating haka war dance [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bcr2fP1Dt4
Note: The approximate length of this video is 2 minutes.
Discussion: The Church of Sport
In many societies, the devotion, rituals, and attendant institutions that surround popular sports can seem like a religion in itself. Think about the sport that is most popular where you live. How is participation in the sport organized? Are there professional leagues? A national team? How do participants of or fans of the sport differentiate themselves?
To prepare for this Discussion:
Watch both videos found in this week’s Learning Resources.
Identify the sport in your area that is the most culturally dominant.
Think back to your study of religious rituals, beliefs, and institutions in previous weeks.
Reflect on the rituals, beliefs, and institutions of sports fans and culturally significant sports leagues.
By Day 3
Submit a 3- to 5-paragraph Discussion post assessing whether the dominant sport in your area might be considered “religious” based on the criteria of rituals, beliefs, and institutions. In what way do sports and religion converge? In what ways do they differ?
Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.
You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.Read more
Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.Read more
Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.Read more
Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.Read more
By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.Read more