The Superbowl is over, but sports keep going forever. And Zach Smith published an interesting piece over at QIdeas about “fair trade sports”:
There has been tension in the relationship between sports and the Church for about as long as the Church can claim a formal existence. The early fathers of the Church were no lovers of the arena, and the suspicion of the body that was bred from Plato’s dichotomist thinking encouraged a negative view of the body as “fleshly” and “corruptible,” casting a shadow over man’s embodied enterprises that lingers today even more than two thousand years later . . .
But for a Church that loves to talk about the intersection of faith and culture there is a surprising lack of discussion on sport—what is arguably one of culture’s most pervasive forms.