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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

NBA Pulls All-Star Game From North Carolina

NBA Pulls All-Star Game From North Carolina

Michael Stone

A victory for secular values, and a defeat for anti-gay religious conservatives.

Breaking Down Aly Raisman's First Tumbling Pass

Breaking Down Aly Raisman's First Tumbling Pass

Jean Yih Kingston

Aly Raisman won the gold in the floor exercise at the London Olympics. Here she is practicing for Rio.

Stenson Wins 2016 British Open in Style

Stenson Wins 2016 British Open in Style

Kermit Zarley

The tall and thin but strong Swede finally golfed his ball to victory for his first major championship win.

"American Ninja Warrior": Competing for Team Catholic

Kate O'Hare

Contestant Sean Bryan, the "Papal Ninja," talks about faith, athletics, the Church, and his favorite saint.

A Pagan National Pastime

A Pagan National Pastime

David Pollard

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.

R.I.P. Pat Summitt

R.I.P. Pat Summitt

Kyle Roberts

Pat Summitt, legendary coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, passed away last night at 64 years of age.

Catholic Athlete Brings Prayer to

Catholic Athlete Brings Prayer to "Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge"

Kate O'Hare

Sean Bryan competes wearing the yellow-and-white of the Vatican flag, with "Papal Ninja" on his chest.

Olympics Woes

Olympics Woes

Gene Veith

The Olympic games in Brazil start in about seven weeks. The state government that includes Rio de Janeiro has declared a "financial disaster."

How Baseball Is Superior to Hockey

How Baseball Is Superior to Hockey

Scot McKnight

OK, you hockey pucks and Canucks out there, each of you gets one reason why hockey is better than baseball.

Transgendered Men in Women's Sports

Transgendered Men in Women's Sports

Gene Veith

Fallon Fox is a man who has transitioned into being a woman. He, now called she, competes in women's mixed martial arts.

Most Popular Stories

Muhammad Ali: Islam and the Power of Faith

Muhammad Ali: Islam and the Power of Faith

Hakeem Muhammad

Ali carried this protest in the ring and outside of it.

4 Reasons Baseball Is a Pagan Game

4 Reasons Baseball Is a Pagan Game

John Beckett

There's something magical about Opening Day and the early games in April when everyone still has hope.

Women Face the Hateful Messages Received for Just Doing Their Jobs

Women Face the Hateful Messages Received for Just Doing Their Jobs

Dan Arel

Watch random men read some of the slew of horrible tweets regularly lobbed at these female sports journalists.

Lacrosse Moved One Teen From a Life of Crime to a Hope-Filled Future

Lacrosse Moved One Teen From a Life of Crime to a Hope-Filled Future

Tony Rossi

For Mike Banks, lacrosse wasn't just an enjoyable pursuit, but a life-saving one.

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?

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.

An Evangelical Guide to March Madness

An Evangelical Guide to March Madness

D. G. Hart

Evangelicals have several additional teams for which to root.

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.

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.

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