Religious Studies Professor Joseph Price Discusses Prayers and Sports

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Professor of Religious Studies Joseph Price’s article, “Oh God, Please Let My Team Win. Please. Amen,” was published in Sightings by the University of Chicago Divinity School’s Martin Marty Center. In his article, Price discussed the ways in which sports players and fans across the field and globe implore God to help their team win.

“More than half of Americans believe that divine forces play a role in the outcome of sporting events (according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute conducted prior to this year’s Super Bowl),” wrote Price. “American sports fans are not alone in seeking God’s help.”

Read more of Price's article here.

Price is the Genevieve Shaul Connick Professor of Religious Studies.  He has also published numerous essays and books on sports and religion, including From Season to Season: Sports as American Religion and Rounding the Bases: Baseball and Religion in America.  Combining his interests in sports, ritual studies, and music, he has sung the national anthem for more than 125 professional baseball games in 20 Major League ballparks and 100 minor league stadiums in 42 states.