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. A fan can appreciate
baseball through a favorite team, the avalanche of statistics, a cherished
cliff-hanging game or season, or the simple joy of sitting in a ballpark.
broad appeal lies in its improbable moments: Joe DiMaggio’s fifty-six-game
hitting streak, home runs in the bottom of the ninth, and teams finally winning
it all after decades of frustration. In these magic moments, baseball can
transcend cognition. We can dissect and analyze and argue about what we are
watching, but the experience of it puts us in touch with forces that go beyond ourselves.
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 a Road
to God will enthrall baseball fans whatever their religious beliefs. 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. Download and start listening now!