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Deconversion, Sport, and Rehabilitative Hope

School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, 975 S Myrtle Ave #4302, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Religions 2019, 10(5), 341;
Received: 8 May 2019 / Revised: 20 May 2019 / Accepted: 22 May 2019 / Published: 27 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sport, Spirituality, and Religion: New Intersections)
This article, based on qualitative interviews and ethnographic research, explores three types of on-the-ground rehabilitative hope supplied by sport for many post-evangelicals within the upper Bible Belt region traversing through the process of deconversion. First, sport is an often-cited space that is identified as broadening social networks, leading to initial questioning of inherited religiosity. Second, sport offers a level of amelioration of relational fissures caused by religious shifts away from evangelicalism. Last, this research indicates that post-evangelicals highly value spaces for discussions of social justice, and athletic activism offers symbolic solidarity. Thus, sport and deconversion can be intertwined for Southern post-evangelicals. In the end, I argue that the triangulation of deconversion, hope, and sport within a Southern context creates a way of understanding the changing Southern ethos and pathos demarcated by a shifting away from a conservative Protestantism historically dominant in the region. View Full-Text
Keywords: deconversion; sport; hope; bible belt; religion; rehabilitation deconversion; sport; hope; bible belt; religion; rehabilitation
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Shoemaker, T. Deconversion, Sport, and Rehabilitative Hope. Religions 2019, 10, 341.

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