In sports belief is often the difference between winning and losing.
Here at Patheos many of our writers explore this connection and reflect on its significance. Following is a selection of our newest stories in concert with a curated selection of some of the most popular posts about sports.
The Olympics send mixed messages, some tolerant, some intolerant, and all the messages extol the virtues of the honed body.
Rebecca Bratten Weiss
Sexism is built into the history of sport, and not only because traditionally most athletic activities were reserved for men.
You can't preach that Jews are going to hell and that Catholics, also, are lost and unsaved, and then praise the faith of a group of Olympic gymnasts that includes a Jew and a Catholic.
Jean Yih Kingston
Here is a compilation of the five teammates when they were much younger performing the floor exercise at various meets.
Gabby Douglas, a star African-American Olympic gymnast, recently ignited controversy for not placing her hand over her heart during the national anthem.
It's getting harder and harder to ignore the problems threatening to overshadow the competition.
The world just got a lesson in good sportsmanship from two of the toughest competitors in their field: swimmers Katie Ledecky (USA) and Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden).
I love to see strong American women with guns. Way to go, Team USA!
Bekah Evie Bel
I am Hellenic now so there is more to it than just the sporting events. I have to figure out what I am going to do for the Olympics.
Surveying the complicated history of Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the modern Olympics, whose founder meant them to represent "humanity's superior religion."
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We now live in a politically correct society that will not allow anyone to have an opinion without facing harsh criticism, particularly when it comes to race.
Nike, Inc., announced today that it is abandoning its making and selling of golf equipment.
Yesterday, Jimmy Walker–a slender, 6 foot 2 inch, 37-year old, Baylor graduate, and bearded native Texan–won his first major, the PGA Championship.
A victory for secular values, and a defeat for anti-gay religious conservatives.
Jean Yih Kingston
Aly Raisman won the gold in the floor exercise at the London Olympics. Here she is practicing for Rio.
The tall and thin but strong Swede finally golfed his ball to victory for his first major championship win.
Contestant Sean Bryan, the "Papal Ninja," talks about faith, athletics, the Church, and his favorite saint.
An identifying feature of Sumo is that each bout starts with a ritual—and I'm not talking about tossing out a 'ceremonial' first pitch, but an actual religious ceremony.
Pat Summitt, legendary coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, passed away last night at 64 years of age.
Sean Bryan competes wearing the yellow-and-white of the Vatican flag, with "Papal Ninja" on his chest.
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Jean Yih Kingston
Jake Dalton, a 24 year old gymnast from Nevada, nails this floor exercise at the Pacific Rim Championships in April 2016. He will be one to watch.
Beginning August 5th in Rio, the world will be introduced to a new group of superheroes.
The Olympic games in Brazil start in about seven weeks. The state government that includes Rio de Janeiro has declared a "financial disaster."
Fallon Fox is a man who has transitioned into being a woman. He, now called she, competes in women's mixed martial arts.
Ali carried this protest in the ring and outside of it.
There's something magical about Opening Day and the early games in April when everyone still has hope.
Watch random men read some of the slew of horrible tweets regularly lobbed at these female sports journalists.
For Mike Banks, lacrosse wasn't just an enjoyable pursuit, but a life-saving one.
I have been pondering a question in the back of my mind: As a believer should I root for an athlete who doesn't believe and behave as I do?
Jane the Actuary
The U.S. women's team is citing wage discrimination after receiving about a quarter of what the men's team was paid.