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5.0 out of 5 stars Sport through the Looking Glass, 6 April 2014
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When I read A Brief Theology of Sport by Lincoln Harvey I found myself like Alice Through the Looking Glass seeing a world recognizable from before but needing to be reinterpreted and made sense of anew. The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less”. As I read Harvey’s book I was, like Alice, standing between two different worlds: sport as I had played it as a small club rugby prop forward and sport as Harvey was suggesting it as a mirror to a world of theological treasures. My sweat fuelled Saturday afternoons are astutely reframed by Harvey as a ‘liturgy of contingency’ and elegantly described as a ‘haltering fluttering momentary events’. Harvey does exactly what I want from my theologians. He takes the stuff of humanity and reinterprets it in the light of eternity. I loved it. What next from this man’s pen? ‘A brief Theology of Cooking’ perhaps? (Rev Dr Bob Mayo Vicar of St Stephens Shepherds Bush)
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