The Moral Value of Sports: Lessons for the Church

Richter, Don C. "The Moral Value of Sports: Lessons for the Church." Unpublished manuscript, 1996.

In this essay, Doc C. Richter suggests that sports are social practices that form us morally. He further intimates that religious communities would do well to reconceive their educational strategies in light of sports and the performing arts. For example, he notes that Christian congregations can begin by identifying aspects of faith that have a practice-like quality. "We need," Richter writes, "to become as intentional about teaching children the practice of prayer as we are about teaching them how to play the piano. Church-goers might also benefit from appreciating how athletic teams bear a family resemblance to congregations: both function as much-needed mediating institutions between public life and private life in complex societies.