Sports as Religion Podcast: Live At Hales Segment 1 of 3
Joseph Price a professor of religious studies at Whittier College in California, says of the Superbowl "It's the high holy day for American culture," comparing it Muslims praying toward Mecca on their holy day and families attending church on Christmas morning. James Wellman, chair of the Comparative Religion program at University of Washington adds, "The Super Bowl really is a form of civil religion. There are simply certain values that transcend a country or culture. Everyone gathers around the Super Bowl. There's a sense of unity and unification." In this podcast we take up the subject Sports as Religion, a look at Superbowl madness, sportsfandom and the hero-athlete as idolatry in contemporary life. Our guests are Steven Thompson, special teams for the Jets in their legendary Superbowl III win, SPU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Julie van Beek and former Seahawk Jeff Kemp.