Friday, January 13, 2012

Mauling for Jesus

"Scrappy white guy uses grit, determination, and his faith in God to win miraculously under pressure" is what most people here think of as a good summary of the New Testament.

We are by no means forced to believe that the centralfigure of the Gospels was an ascetic; he never condemned pleasure  as such, and he seems to have had his own pleasures in life.  But his participation in any sort of competitive sport is not to be imagined.  Among his most characteristic utterances were the fervent exhortation thathe last should be first and that he who would be chief should be the servant of all.
 --Frank H. Knight, "The Ethics of Competition," in id. at 33-67, 64-5 (Transaction ed. 1997)

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