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Running head: RELIGION AND SPORTS Religion and Sports Name Institution Table of Contents Abstract ................................................................................................................................ 3 Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 4 Understanding Religion ....................................................................................................... 6 a. Beliefs ....................................................................................................................... 8 b. Rituals and Rites ....................................................................................................... 9 Understanding Sport ............................................................................................................ 9 Relationship between Religion and Sport .......................................................................... 11 Conclusion ......................................................................................................................... 13
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RELIGION AND SPORTS References .......................................................................................................................... 15 Abstract Sport has become an evolving phenomenon within society and is among the most dominant culture of customary culture across the globe. On the other hand, religion has constantly been very dominant all through the globe and has been the world’s foundation. As society, people have shaped sports to become a kind of religious commitment. The exhibitions of conventional religion, which are seen within the chapel, are equivalent to those observed in the stadia ( Baker, 2017). The great fandom, which people see plus the formal procedures and rituals, which are performed prior to, during, and after activities resembled those conducted for purposes of religion. This paper comprehensively looks into the connection between religion and sport, as it compares the definition of religion with sport.
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RELIGION AND SPORTS Keywords: Religion, Sport, Devotion, Christianity, Catholic, Buddhism Introduction Throughout the mid-19 th century, Karl Marx, a German philosopher, asserted that “Religion is the opiate of the masses,” in his Critique of the Philosophy of Right of Hegel. Now, in the 21 st century, 150 years later, it is possible to state that “Sport is the opiate of the masses.” The analogy has been stated by several psychologists and sociologists today. Generally, opiates are bodily addicting medications but are as well utilized in easing suffering; also, the drugs have help in saving lives ( Baker, 2017). Opium is one of the most effective drugs to relieve pain, particularly excruciating and severe pains. Even though sport is not bodily addicting, it may be addictive psychologically. Sporting activities have turned out to be obsessions in society; thus, to proclaim that sporting is an opiate might be implausible. Of course, sport is able to reduce the stress of day-to-day life for the fans through moving their attentions from struggles and pressures of everyday life into the game’s enjoyment and exhilaration. However, in the recent times most scholars have paralleled religion to sport supposing that sporting has
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RELIGION AND SPORTS turned out to be a kind of religious commitment ( Benn, Pfister & Jawad, 2010). Fellowship with others, prayer, ceremonies, rituals, and worship are all religious expressions; nevertheless, we witness all these similar sorts of expressions conducted toward sporting all through the globe. It should not be surprising that the excitement or spirit, the rituals and activities, which people see in sport nowadays, compares that of religion. As such, this paper will explore and assess the match between sport and religion from societal view and the number of manifestations of conventional religion, which are seen in sporting activity.
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