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FRIDAY, NOV 17, 2017  |  11 comments  |  1 commentary
Inside America’s Largest Religious Revival You Know Nothing About
For decades, demographic studies have indicated the steady decline of religion in America, but new measures suggest that, on the contrary, at least one religion in America is alive and well, thriving in every community, and claiming devoted adherents in nearly every household.

This new religious revival has remained under the radar in large part because its adherents do not claim any religious attachment to this social institution, but by every measure of behaviors typically associated with religion, it is deceitful to label it as anything less. Although it shies away from adopting an overarching organization or name for itself, for the purposes of this study, it will be considered under the name Athletica. ...


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News Item11/22/17 5:52 PM
Edward Bear | Hundred Acre Wood  Find all comments by Edward Bear
Well, if 'athletica' is a religion, what about hunting? moonshining? NASCAR (the biggest spectator sport in the US)? And what cooking with its own devotees called 'foodies'?

I think it's a bit of a stretch for the writer to claim that anyone who exercises is part of a cult. Our doctors, our own health depts tell us to get 150minutes of exercise weekly, and then add more with weights, stretching, etc. Despite this advice, obesity is the big epidemic in the US, though that comes from the religion of cooking.

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News Item11/19/17 11:53 AM
CAS | Germany  Find all comments by CAS
Apologies, secularization "act" was a spell check typo as was "store".
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News Item11/19/17 12:31 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
CAS wrote:
Frank, I am in Landstuhl, near Kaiserslautern and have not been here long but like it thus far, except for the secularization act.
I think the store of the article distills the point you were making.
I worked on the military hospital compound in Landstuhl from 2001 to 2003 as a civilian. I lived in Kindsbach during that time. So, I am very familiar with the area you live in. What a small world!

It would be great if you could email me and we could touch base on a great many things!

Now this is also odd. I checked out your posting history and I also live in Florida; Clearwater fl to be exact.

What is the secularization act?

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News Item11/18/17 5:04 PM
CAS | Germany  Find all comments by CAS
Frank, I am in Landstuhl, near Kaiserslautern and have not been here long but like it thus far, except for the secularization act.

I think the store of the article distills the point you were making.

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News Item11/18/17 11:07 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Ivan Karamazov wrote:
Mr Frank, I don't believe the writer to be a religious person at all. They are a proponent of "classical education " and see school sports as an interference or competition. I enjoyed the attached podcast discussion, but that's just me 😁
Thanks for your comment Ivan and your polite admonition! Let me put a slightly different spin on my comment. What mankind esteems the most is what they are in reality worshipping. That could be money, fame, or anything like that. Those the article was referring to were worshipping money and notoriety that comes from athleticism. The author cleverly and I might add correctly used the word religious/religion in her discussion. The love of money is truly the root of all evil.

“This new religious revival has remained under the radar in large part because its adherents do not claim any religious attachment to this social institution, but by every measure of behaviors typically associated with religion, it is deceitful to label it as anything less”

CAS, if you read this, what area of Deutschland do you live in? All together, I have lived in Germany for 7 ½ years. Just curious. I loved it there and would have retired there except my wife hated it.

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News Item11/17/17 4:53 PM
CAS | Germany  Find all comments by CAS
Ivan Karamazov wrote:
Mr Frank, I don't believe the writer to be a religious person at all. They are a proponent of "classical education " and see school sports as an interference or competition. I
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Heather Smith is an advocate of classical Lutheran education and holds a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in English. Her writing may also be found at www.sisterdaughtermotherwife.com.
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News Item11/17/17 3:06 PM
Homeschool Dad  Find all comments by Homeschool Dad
Thanks, Adriel, for adding the real perspective. Yes, there is profit to bodily exercise, but in comparison with Godliness, not to any great extent.
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News Item11/17/17 2:32 PM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
1Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."
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News Item11/17/17 1:11 PM
Ivan Karamazov | Texas  Find all comments by Ivan Karamazov
Mr Frank, I don't believe the writer to be a religious person at all. They are a proponent of "classical education " and see school sports as an interference or competition. I enjoyed the attached podcast discussion, but that's just me 😁
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News Item11/17/17 12:44 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Whereas in traditional American Christianity followers would regularly meet together once or twice a week (a timetable most now find unduly onerous), members of Athletica gather four, five, six, or even seven days a week. Despite the significant time demands, the families of adherents dutifully and unflinchingly keep these meeting commitments and accept as normal the stringent penalties imparted to those who miss a gathering—penalties usually enacted by limiting the devotee’s rights of participation in important group ceremonies.

The above is from the article.

I read the article rather thoroughly. IMO, whoever these people are, they are simply a religious cult. They are completely works based and geared primarily towards the indoctrination of children. And their admitted goals are financial success and personal glory.

Below is from the article.

In comparison to more traditional religions that typically offer extravagant rewards (e.g., life after death, forgiveness of terrible sins) to virtually any willing convert, Athletica is a more stringent and elitist sect. Its promise is of financial gain and personal glory, but only for the most elect.

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News Item11/17/17 11:44 AM
Homeschool Dad  Find all comments by Homeschool Dad
As a homeschool dad, this is readily apparent. Our child does gym by learning and playing sport. We have specifically chosen to not participate in sporting activities on Sunday. Our homeschool community offers sports on weekdays, so we can meet this requirement without impacting the rest of what we need to do while protecting the Lord's day. But there is a lot of pressure to participate more and more. For some of our community, the opportunity to participate in public school sports is being denied them, and they would rather increase government oversight on everyone than lose that opportunity to play at a higher and more observable level.

Then there's the whole professional sporting thing, which must relate to high church. Everywhere we go, our child is asked if he cheers for the local favorite NFL team.

Like any cult, there is a means in which participants through greater training can make themselves "better" and "healthier." Fans can be more devotes than others, gaining status. And all plays into the cult of "Self" in which pleasure or status is gained through working up levels. A piece of this is sexual, both in terms of gaining sexual attention from others as well as the attempts of sexually gratifying or exciting add-ons from cheerleaders and advertising, sometimes f

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