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Fessler to speak on sports and Christian perspective at First Mondays March 4

February 20, 2013

“How should Christians, as athletes and fans, engage sports in our society?” asks Paul Fessler, professor of history at Dordt College.

On Monday, March 4, Fessler will discuss this question during his First Mondays Speaker Series presentation titled “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and . . . Kuyper?”

“Sports cannot be viewed as a neutral cultural activity,” says Fessler. He believes that Christians should examine sports more deeply to develop their perspective.

During his talk, Fessler says that he will cover topics including “ESPN’s SportsCenter, the film Field of Dreams, and roller derby queens to begin a wider discussion about a more holistic Christian perspective on sports in our culture.”

Fessler’s presentation will take place in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at 11 a.m. 

Fessler has taught history at Dordt for more than 10 years. Holding a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University, he previously taught at Culver-Stockton College. Recently, Fessler has worked on “Reacting to the Past,” which he describes as “elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas.”

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings biblically based thinkers, writers, and opinion leaders to Dordt College. It is designed to promote Dordt’s mission through enriching academic experiences that help equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ centered renewal in contemporary life.

These events are free and open to the public.

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