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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.


Faith and the Olympic Games in Rio

The Olympics: Standing Upright Challenges the Status Quo

The Olympics: Standing Upright Challenges the Status Quo

Nancy Rockwell

The Olympics send mixed messages, some tolerant, some intolerant, and all the messages extol the virtues of the honed body.

Sexism in the Olympics? No Surprise

Sexism in the Olympics? No Surprise

Rebecca Bratten Weiss

Sexism is built into the history of sport, and not only because traditionally most athletic activities were reserved for men.

Which God Is Looking Out for Them?

Which God Is Looking Out for Them?

Libby Anne

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.

5 Vintage Videos of the USA Women's Gymnastic Team

5 Vintage Videos of the USA Women's Gymnastic Team

Jean Yih Kingston

Here is a compilation of the five teammates when they were much younger performing the floor exercise at various meets.

Gabby and the Racist Secret Behind the National Anthem

Gabby and the Racist Secret Behind the National Anthem

Hakeem Muhammad

Gabby Douglas, a star African-American Olympic gymnast, recently ignited controversy for not placing her hand over her heart during the national anthem.

Are the Olympics Worth It?

Are the Olympics Worth It?

Adam Lee

It's getting harder and harder to ignore the problems threatening to overshadow the competition.

Olympic Competitors Are Models of Class and Grace

Olympic Competitors Are Models of Class and Grace

Tony Rossi

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).

American Shooter Wins First Gold

American Shooter Wins First Gold

Stacey Dash

I love to see strong American women with guns. Way to go, Team USA!

The Olympics As a Hellene

The Olympics As a Hellene

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.

Religion in the Olympics, and the Olympics As Religion

Religion in the Olympics, and the Olympics As Religion

Chris Gehrz

Surveying the complicated history of Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the modern Olympics, whose founder meant them to represent "humanity's superior religion."

Most Recent Stories

Cam Newton Wants to Move Beyond Race, Critics Won't Let Him

Cam Newton Wants to Move Beyond Race, Critics Won't Let Him

Stacey Dash

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.

Why Did Nike Dump Golf?

Why Did Nike Dump Golf?

Kermit Zarley

Nike, Inc., announced today that it is abandoning its making and selling of golf equipment.

Jimmy Walker Wins His First Major Golf Championship

Jimmy Walker Wins His First Major Golf Championship

Kermit Zarley

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.

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.

Most Popular Stories

US Olympian Jake Dalton Is a Master of the Floor Exercise

US Olympian Jake Dalton Is a Master of the Floor Exercise

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.

Our World Needs Superheroes: The 2016 Olympics Refugee Team

Our World Needs Superheroes: The 2016 Olympics Refugee Team

Steve Austin

Beginning August 5th in Rio, the world will be introduced to a new group of superheroes.

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."

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.

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.