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Olympic Games

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

An ancient Greek festival with athletic, literary, and musical competitions held at Olympia every four years, traditionally from 776 bc until abolished by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in...

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Of Fists and Feathers

Kathryn T. McClymond.

in Ritual Gone Wrong

May 2016; p ublished online April 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religious Studies. 12575 words.

This chapter reviews several “misperformances” in Olympic opening and victory ceremonies in the modern Olympic Games. Many of these disruptions were intentional, designed by athletes to...

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Sacrament and Enchantment

David Brown.

in God and Enchantment of Place

October 2004; p ublished online July 2005 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 13562 words.

The first half of this chapter explores why the world is no longer seen as ‘enchanted’ or God-filled, and challenges whether religion in the West is not itself partly to blame for the...

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Widening the Perspective

David Brown.

in God and Enchantment of Place

October 2004; p ublished online July 2005 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 23713 words.

Although earlier chapters had occasional examples from a non-Christian context, here deeper presumptions are made explicit - that the generosity of God means that the divine is experienced...

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The ‘Jerusalem’ Joseph

William John Lyons.

in Joseph of Arimathea

February 2014; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Biblical Studies; Religious Studies. 10046 words.

This chapter discusses how the idea of Jesus visiting England offers an even more powerful urge to nationalistic fervour than the comparatively mundane story of Joseph of Arimathea bringing...

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