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The Sports Section

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.


Most Recent Stories

NHL Player Suspended for Homophobic Slur on Ice

NHL Player Suspended for Homophobic Slur on Ice

Dan Arel

This sends a clear message to hockey fans, especially kids, that this kind of language is not okay and has no place in our great sport.

Who Can I Root For?

Who Can I Root For?

Austin Flanagan

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?

UCLA's Atheist Quarterback Makes Headlines by Wearing Anti-Trump Hat

UCLA's Atheist Quarterback Makes Headlines by Wearing Anti-Trump Hat

Hemant Mehta

Josh Rosen made some headlines yesterday when he posted a picture of himself playing at the Trump National Golf Club in California.

Danny Willett Wins the 2016 Masters

Danny Willett Wins the 2016 Masters

Kermit Zarley

Englishman Danny Willett won the Masters golf tournament today in a surprisingly upset victory when Jordan Spieth suffered a complete collapse at Amen Corner.

An Ode to the Sacramental Beauty of Baseball

An Ode to the Sacramental Beauty of Baseball

Jonathan Ryan

Baseball is a human sport, real, gritty, and also a sign of something else.

Should Female Soccer Players Have Equal Pay?

Should Female Soccer Players Have Equal Pay?

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.

Tony Finau Wins His First PGA Tour Tournament

Tony Finau Wins His First PGA Tour Tournament

Kermit Zarley

Today, he won the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open, defeating Steve Marino on the third hole in sudden death.

God or Money: NFL Makes Georgia Governor Decide

God or Money: NFL Makes Georgia Governor Decide

Bill Blankschaen

Jesus said it best: "No one can serve two masters."

An Evangelical Guide to March Madness

An Evangelical Guide to March Madness

D. G. Hart

Evangelicals have several additional teams for which to root.

The Real MVP at the Super Bowl Wasn't in the Game

The Real MVP at the Super Bowl Wasn't in the Game

Tom Rapsas

For me, the best part of this year's Super Bowl wasn't the snore of a game, but something that happened on the pre-game show.

Most Popular Stories

How Beyoncé Slayed the Super Bowl and Fox News

How Beyoncé Slayed the Super Bowl and Fox News

Adam Ericksen

On Sunday, Beyoncé took to the main stage of American pop culture, the Super Bowl, and delivered a politically charged message to the United States.

Manning vs. Newton: A Contest of Attitudes

Manning vs. Newton: A Contest of Attitudes

Dr. Chip Roper

Beyond the contest on the field, this battle between Manning and Carolina's Cam Newton was also a contrast in attitudes.

Reflections on the Superbowl in an Age of Political Correctness

Reflections on the Superbowl in an Age of Political Correctness

Nancy French

Is Football Immoral? Perhaps you've seen the news, heard the chatter, or have decided for your own family.

Cam Newton, the Super Bowl, and Racist Stereotypes

Cam Newton, the Super Bowl, and Racist Stereotypes

Adam Ericksen

We are the ones responsible for shattering the racist stereotypes that infect not just football, but all of American culture.

Sports and the Witch

Sports and the Witch

Thorn Mooney

Growing up, my relationship with athletics was mostly about trauma. Now, it's a key part of who I am.

When They Hate What You Love

When They Hate What You Love

Jason Mankey

Sometimes people hate what you love, and there's nothing wrong with that. However there's no need to ridicule the things we don't like or don't understand.

2015 Women's World Cup: Heroes Don't Get Paid Equally

2015 Women's World Cup: Heroes Don't Get Paid Equally

Jennifer D. Crumpton

Did you know that the winning Women's team is paid 40 times less than the losing men's team?

Being an Adaptive Athletic Supporter

Being an Adaptive Athletic Supporter

Rebecca Frech

They are an inspiration to me, even though I know from experience how tired they are of the word "inspiration."

Does Jesus Approve of Boxing?

Does Jesus Approve of Boxing?

Kyle Roberts

Is boxing is easily compatible with Christian faith? Probably not. But I'm pretty sure he would love the NFL, though.

A Public Ritual Gone Terribly Wrong

A Public Ritual Gone Terribly Wrong

Connor Wood

By convincing us that all of civil religion is summed up in a beer commercial, advertisers corner the market on public religious theater.

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