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Baseball as a Road to God

Semester and Year SP 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1324
Section 002
Instructor John Sexton
Days W
Time 8:30 AM - 10:50 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U


Open to members of NYU's Baseball and Softball teams. Permission required. Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1st. Application (and required essay) should be submitted electronically to For more information and to apply, please click on course title and then link to application.


Application: Description: 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)