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Baseball as a Road to God

Semester and Year SP 2004
Course Number K20.1324
Section 001
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


Permission of the instructor required. Application available at 1 Washington Place, 8th Floor Reception. Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1.


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, the notions of sacred time and space, and the idea of baseball as a civil religion. 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. Weekly papers are also required. As with any serious commitment of one's time, the rewards of taking a seminar such as this can be great.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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