Players pointing triumphantly to the heavens. Lavishly paid pro athletes proclaiming their Christianity in public every chance they get. Faith Nights at professional sports events. The hand of God proclaimed in every win streak. Pro sports teams are supposed to provide a civic rallying ground where fans of widely varying background and faiths come together. In Onward Christian Athletes, religion expert and commentator Tom Krattenmaker takes us behind the scenes of the conservative Christian movement to evangelize in the club house and enlist pro athletes to promote a specific brand of Christianity outside the mainstream of a religiously and politically diverse America.
Tom Krattenmaker is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors and a frequent contributor to its weekly On Religion series. His work has also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, and Salon. He resides in Portland, Oregon.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: On Any Justice Sunday: Evengelicals, Pro Sports, and the (Conservative) Campaign for Jesus Chapter 3 Chapter 2: A Cross on the Logo: Representing for God in the High-Drama, High-Profile World of Major League Sports Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Faith Coach: Discipling Athletes for a Roster Spot on God's Team Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Winning for Jesus (But Finding Him in the Loss Column): The Tricky Relationship between Evangelism and Sports Success Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Church at the Ballpark: Baseball Chapel and its Exclusive Theology in an Age of Growing Religious Diversity Chapter 7 Chapter 6: From Coors Field to Eternity: Faith Days in Major League Baseball Chapter 8 Chapter 7: For God, Country, and the Republican party: The Conservative Politics of Jesus' Pro Sports Warriors Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Domesticated Christianity: The Political Acquiescence of African American Christians in Sports Chapter 10 Chapter 9: A Match Made in Heaven-or Hell: The Dissonance between the Values of Jesus and the Values of Big-Time Sports Chapter 11 Chapter 10: The Salvation of Sports: "Getting it Right" in an Emerging New Era of Faith in Sports Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 About the Author