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Baseball as a Road to God

Semester and Year SP 2013
Course Number IDSEM-UG1324
Section 001
Instructor John Sexton
Days T
Time 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U


Open to sophomores and juniors. Permission required. Application can be downloaded on the course description page (click on the course title above) or picked up at 1 Washington Place, 8th Floor Reception. Download application Application deadline is Friday, November 30. (Seniors who wish to apply should contact Prof. Sexton at


Baseball As a Road to God aims to link literature about our national pastime with the study of philosophy and theology. This seminar aims to blend ideas contained in classic baseball novels such as Coover's Universal Baseball Association , Kinsella's Iowa Baseball Confederation , and Malamud's The Natural with those found in such philosophical/theological works as Eliade's Sacred and Profane , Heschel's God in Search of Man , and James' Varieties of Religious Experience . It discusses such themes as the metaphysics of sports, baseball as a civil religion, the nature of sacred time and space, and the ineffability of the divine. Not for the faint-hearted, this course requires students to read over two dozen works of varying lengths in addition to supplemental readings as they might arise. The course also requires weekly papers. As with any serious commitment of one's time, the rewards of taking a seminar such as this can be great.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)