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Sport as liturgy: Towards a radical orthodoxy of sport

Edgar, Andrew Robert ORCID: 2012. Sport as liturgy: Towards a radical orthodoxy of sport. Studies in Christian Ethics 25 (1) , pp. 20-34. 10.1177/0953946811428263

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The purpose of this paper is to suggest that sport can be understood as a form of engagement with the fundamental contingency and vulnerability of the human condition, and as such that it expresses a yearning for meaning in a modern society that offers only the illusion of meaning. Sport, at its most profound, is argued to be a negative liturgy, in the sense that it highlights an absence of meaning, rather than offering a positive alternative. The paper draws on an analysis of contemporary society, and resultant defence of the potential role that liturgy might play in restoring meaning and a sense of transcendence to society, that is offered by the Radical Orthodoxy theologian Catherine Pickstock.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Uncontrolled Keywords: Catherine Pickstock; lifeworld; liturgy; loss; T. W. Adorno; vulnerability
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0953-9468
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:25

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