We are saddened to announce that a pioneer of the sport-religion field, Professor Michael Novak, has recently passed away. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Michael’s generous support for our own work and that of the CSSR.

Please find below and attached references/resources which may be of interest:


  • Butterworth, M. and Senkbeil, K. (2016). Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Religion as “Character”: Football and Soccer in the United States and Germany, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, pp.1-17. Available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1012690215588214
  • Cynarski W.J. (2016). A Christian and the martial arts path, “I DO MOVEMENT FOR CULTURE. Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology, Vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 1–7.
  • Dailey, E.W. (2016). Sport and Transcendence through the Body. International Journal for Public Theology. 10: 486–506.
  • Hill, B.V. and White, J. (eds.) (2017). God, Nimrod, and the World: Exploring Christian Perspectives on Sport Hunting. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.
  • Hoven, M. (2016). Faith Informing Competitive Youth Athletes in Christian Schooling. Journal of Research in Christian Education 23, no. 3, 273-289.
  • Hoven, M. and Kuchera, S. (2016). Beyond Tebowing and Superstitions: Religious Practices of 15-Year Old Competitive Athletes, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 21: 52-65.
  • Huffman, L. T., Hardin, R., & Waller, S. N. (2016). Exercising the spiritual muscle: Holistic care service provision in intercollegiate athletics. In B. Schultz & M. L. Sheffer (Eds.), Sport and religion in the 21st century: New perspectives on new challenges. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Jones, J. (2017). Hillsborough and the Church of England, Theology, 120(1), 3-10.
  • Jones, N. (2015). Feeling God’s Pleasure: Christian faith in the World of Sports, Word and World, 34/4: 333-340.
  • See: http://wordandworld.luthersem.edu/issues.aspx?article_id=3879
  • Harvey, L. (2016). ‘Jesus Christ and the Rules of the Game’, The Other Journal, February.
  • See: http://theotherjournal.com/2016/02/15/jesus-christ-and-the-rules-of-the-game/
  • Maranise, A. (2017). ‘An Unlikely Mixture: Sacramental Character & Sports’. The Galleon, February.
  • See: http://www.galleon.buzz/feed/posts/an-unlikely-mixture-
  • Maranise, A. (2016). ‘Towards a Transformational Theology of Deaf Sportspersons’. The Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability , Vol. 5.2 Fall / Winter.
  • See: http://www.joniandfriends.org/store/product/transformational-theology/
  • Maranise, A. (2016). ‘Sports as Ecclesiological Analogy’, Catholic365, December.
  • See: http://www.catholic365.com/article/5703/sports-as-ecclesiological-analogy.html
  • Mazurkiewicz, M. (2016). Some Reflections on Religious Ritual in Polish Football. In Sport and Social Sciences with Reflection on Practice, A. Gál, J. Kosiewicz & T. Sterbenz (eds.), AWF Warszawa, International Society for the Social Sciences of Sport.
  • Oglesby, C. (2016). Influence of Religion and Politics on Women’s Sport, in Women and Sport: Continuing a Journey of Liberation and Celebration, Human Kinetics. See: http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/women-and-sport-5291607
  • Parker, A. and Watson, N. (2017), ‘Spiritualized and Religious Bodies’. In M. Silk, D. Andrews and H. Thorpe (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies, London, Routledge, pp. 209-217.
  • Rivers, J. (2016) The intimate intensity of Evangelical fighting ministries, Temenos: Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 52(2): 215-237.
  • Svoboda, V. (2015). Tři inspirace katolické teologie sportu. Acta Theologica et Religionistica, Prešov
  • See: http://www.unipo.sk/public/media/15888/ATeR%202-2015.pdf
  • Svoboda, V. (2015). Theology of Sport in History
  • http://www.laici.va/content/dam/laici/documenti/sport/eng/for%20further%20study/THEOLOGY%20OF%20SPORT%20IN%20HISTORY.pdf
  • Waller, S.N., & Huffman, L.T. (2016). Spiritual care as a dimension of holistic care for high performing athletes. In M. Robinson (Ed.), The personal development of the athlete. Sarasota, FL: First Design Publishing.
  • Waller, S. N. (2015). ‘Our hope is built on nothing less …’: Why religion matters in the life of black college athletes In B. Schultz & M. L. Sheffer (Eds.), Sport and religion in the 21st century: New perspectives on new challenges. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Wieting, S.G. (2015). The Sociology of Hypocrisy: An Analysis of Sport and Religion, Ashgate.
  • Twietmeyer, G. (2017). Hope & kinesiology: the hopelessness of health-centered kinesiology, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.
  • DOI: 10.1080/17511321.2017.1291712.


  • Banks, A.M. (2015). “Concussion’ doctor’s Catholic faith gave him courage to tackle the NFL’.
    See: http://www.religionnews.com/2015/12/23/concussion-doctors-catholic-faith-gave-courage-tackle-nfl/
  • Bostick, D. (2015). ‘Meet Pittsburgh Steelers Chaplain Chad Johnson’.
    See: http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/nfl-pittsburgh-steelers-news/2015/8/12/9134979/meet-pittsburgh-steelers-chaplain-chad-johnson
  • Cooper, Z. (2017). ‘God’s battering ram is praying for a piece of Six Nations action’. 4th February (see attached).
  • Fowler, J. (2016). ‘From couples counseling to late-night calls, team pastor Chad Johnson is there for Steelers’.
    See: http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/198468/from-couples-counseling-to-late-night-calls-team-pastor-chad-johnson-is-there-for-steelers
  • Grossman, C.L. (2016). ‘NFL violence and high school prayers OK with fans’. See: http://www.religionnews.com/2016/01/28/nfl-football-prayer-super-bowl/
  • Kelly, P. (2017). Catholic sports not just about wins, but the common good. Crux, 31st January.
    See: https://cruxnow.com/commentary/2017/01/31/catholic-sports-not-just-wins-common-good/
  • McLeod, H. (2017). ‘God in the Stadium? Religion and Sports in the Modern Age’. A Lecture to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf in Honour of His 70th Birthday arranged by the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, Sweden. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoSZgX-lkzY
  • Maranise, A. (2016). ‘Physical Training Meets Spiritual Training” by Anthony Maranise on “Blessed2Play”’. A radio program hosted by Ron Meyer on EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network (December).See: https://player.fm/series/catholic/blessed-2-play-tba-anthony-maranise-part-ii-123116
  • Ourand, J. (2016). ‘Pope Francis sees Sport as a World Changer’.
    See: http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2016/01/25/Sports-in-Society/Pope-Francis.aspx?utm_source=CSF+List&utm_campaign=a904b52991-CSFX16_Newsletter_Jan_271_27_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa332560e2-a904b52991- 27894137
  • Scanlon, T.F. (2016). Violent Sports the “most perfect of contests”. See: http://blog.oup.com/2016/07/violent-sports-olympics/
  • Towalski, D. (2013). ‘Walking the sidelines – Vikings chaplain brings faith to the field’.
    See: http://thecatholicspirit.com/featured/walking-sidelines-vikings-chaplain-brings-faith-field/
  • Webster, D. (2016). ‘Intensity without Ultimacy: A Christian Perspective on Sports’.
  • See: http://theotherjournal.com/2016/03/21/intensity-without-ultimacy-christian-perspective-sports/


  • Carey Baptist College in association with Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand
    ‘Home or Away: Locating Sport and Leisure in Christian Faith and Practice’ (see PDF).

With very best wishes,
Andrew Parker and Nick Watson.
On behalf of the Centre for Sport, Spirituality and Religion (CSSR), University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, UK.