Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game

Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game


By (author) John Sexton, With Thomas Oliphant, With Peter J Schwartz, Foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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  • Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 242 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1592408648
  • ISBN 13: 9781592408641
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 417,823

Product description

The president of New York University offers a love letter to America's most beloved sport and a tribute to its underlying spirituality. For more than a decade, John Sexton has taught a wildly popular New York University course about two seemingly very different things: religion and baseball. Yet Sexton argues that one is actually a pathway to the other. "Baseball as a Road to God" is about touching that something that lies beyond logical understanding. Sexton illuminates the surprisingly large number of mutual concepts shared between baseball and religion: faith, doubt, conversion, miracles, and even sacredness among many others. Structured like a game and filled with riveting accounts of baseball's most historic moments, "Baseball as Road to God" will enthrall baseball fans whatever their religious beliefs may be. In thought-provoking, beautifully rendered prose, Sexton elegantly demonstrates that baseball is more than a game, or even a national pastime: It can be a road to enlightenment.

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Author information

John Sexton is the fifteenth president of New York University. He lives in New York City.Thomas Oliphant was a columnist for "The Boston Globe" and is a "New York Times "bestselling author. He lives in Washington, DC.Peter J. Schwartz is a "Bloomberg News" contributor and former legal fellow at NYU. He was the first student enrolled in the "Baseball as a Road to God" seminar. He lives in New York City.

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Praise for "Baseball as a Road to God " "In the church of baseball, John Sexton is one of the preeminent theologians." --Bill Moyers in an interview with John Sexton on "Bill Moyers Journal" "This book takes the reader on a remarkable spiritual journey, using the secular sport of baseball to explore subjects ordinarily associated with religion--prayers, altars, sacred space, faith, doubt, conversion, miracles, blessings, curses, saints and sinners. There is magic in these pages." --Doris Kerns Goodwin, from the foreword " . . .a thought-provoking proposition for zealots and skeptics alike." --"Publishers Weekly" "An elegant little meditation on life and the afterlife, well worth reading . . ." --"Kirkus Reviews" "John Sexton has written beautifully about the magic of baseball: its near irresistible appeal, its legends, its breathtaking moments of drama, its heroes and villians. He has also written with great insight about the intense-felt character of religious perception. And he has--dare I say it?--woven the two together miraculously." --Ronald Dworkin, author of "Law's Empire "and the recipient of philosophy's prestigious Holberg International Memorial Prize ""Baseball as a Road to God "is both a wonderful collection of delightful baseball stories that allows the reader to relive the moments of joy, despair, anxiety, and inspiration, and a meditation demonstrating that baseball is rife with the profound and complex elements that constitute religion. The stories reflect a love of baseball and call upon us all to "live slow "and "notice," illustrating the availability of a joyful, spiritual life." --Governor Mario Cuomo ""Baseball as a Road to God" illuminates baseball as you've never experienced or thought about it before. John Sexton has given us nine 'innings' of lively stories and insights that take our national pastime far, far beyond the playing field. He has pitched a perfecth