Back at school, I signed up for a class that was listed as “Religion in Culture”. I thought it would be an interesting overview.
As it turned out, the grad student teaching the class had other, more specific ideas, and the class ended up as “Evangelism and Sports”. It was interesting, and I’ve been dying to use the “sports” tag ever since I started writing on Friendly Atheist. And I finally found an excuse: this clever lesson from Dante Shepherd’s Surviving the World:
Sorry, Dwight Howard.
I know religion is notoriously difficult to define, but I still maintain that categorizing say, football, as religion is silly. Yes, you meet on Sunday, participate in group chants, and have odd rules enforced by men in strange outfits. But without a belief in the supernatural, I don’t think it should be considered ‘religious’.