Saturday, August 04, 2012

TSP 27: The Religious Roots of the Olympics

This week I did something a little different on The Sacred Page Podcast. Here we look at the historical and religious roots of the Olympics. The topic was discussed in a recent USA Today article.

Here we expand on this, asking, What makes the Olympics so popular?

Did you know that the Olympic motto, "citius, altius, fortius," is attributed to a Roman Catholic priest?

Did you know that Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, was educated by Jesuits and said, "The first essential characteristic of the Olympics, both ancient as well as modern, is to be a religion . . . above and outside the churches."

Learn much more in this podcast.

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