Religion 101

Religion 101


Hail Mary (or OMG): It’s Super Bowl Sunday!

posted by Reed Hall

In this blog, I try to make a point of mentioning important holy days (“holidays”), and other significant dates on the religious calendars of many of the world’s major faith traditions, as they come up. Such dates are, of course, quite literally sacred to significant percentages of the world’s population, and to large numbers of people of faith around the globe.

This upcoming Sunday (February 3, 2013) is a date of momentous significance for a great many people — people of every faith, as well as of none.

This Sunday, an event will occur which will command the attention, fire the emotions, and provoke the allegiances of many millions of people. An annual “peak experience” for vast numbers of attendees as well as remote viewers, Sunday’s upcoming event is a heavily promoted and immensely anticipated yearly occasion, one which figures prominently upon the calendars of the “faithful” who eagerly look forward to its coming, and for whom it functions almost literally as a compellingly “sacred” event.

February 3, 2013 is Super Bowl Sunday.

Last year, over 111 million people watched 2012’s Super Bowl. Let that sink in for a moment: 111 million people. Let’s compare that with some other numbers — like the total global populations of some of the religions of the world.

That’s more than the total number of Sikhs (23 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Jews (14 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Mormons (14 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Taoists (8 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Baha’is (7 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Jains (6 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Shintoists (4 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Wiccans (1 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Rastafarians (1 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Unification Church members (0.5 million).

That’s more than the total number of Scientologists (0.15 million) in the world.

That’s more than the total number of Zoroastrians (0.15 million) in the world.

Last year’s Super Bowl viewership was, in fact, far larger than than the grand total of all of the world’s Sikhs, Jews, Mormons, Taoists, Bahai’s, Jains, Shintoists, Wiccans, Rastafarians, Unification Church members, Scientologists, and Zoroastrians, combined.

Just thought that was interesting.

Oh — and according to a recent poll, 27% of Americans said that they seriously believe that God himself has a hand in determining who actually wins the Super Bowl.

Just thought that was interesting, too.

 

 

 

 



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

On Teaching About Judaism (Part Six)
Specifically Christian newcomers to the study of Judaism frequently puzzle over  why -- as they themselves often put it -- Jews "don't believe in Jesus." The reality is simply that the entire Jewish concept of who and what a Messiah actually is (or does) is just nothing like what Christians them

posted 4:45:00pm Jun. 29, 2013 | read full post »

On Teaching About Judaism (Part Five)
Aside from the several other frequent areas of confusion which sometimes puzzle newcomers to the study of Judaism (areas which I've been discussing in my last several blog entries), there is yet another hazy area that is often uniquely puzzling to specifically Christian newcomers: why, as they thems

posted 10:01:32pm Jun. 27, 2013 | read full post »

On Teaching About Judaism (Part Four)
As discussed in previous blog entries, a fairly sizable percentage of the American public seems to know surprisingly little about many of the basics of Judaism. In my own world religions courses, some students begin the semester with no real knowledge of the Jewish faith, and may even harbor some fa

posted 9:16:07pm Jun. 25, 2013 | read full post »

On Teaching About Judaism (Part Three)
As discussed in previous blog entries, a fairly sizable percentage of the American public seems to know surprisingly little about the basics of Judaism. In my own world religions courses, some students begin the semester with no real knowledge of the Jewish faith, and may even harbor some fairly com

posted 6:27:16pm Jun. 22, 2013 | read full post »

Midsummer (Litha)/Yule 2013
Tomorrow (Friday, June 21, 2013) is the date of the summer solstice within the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, by contrast, tomorrow will be the date of the winter solstice. Solstices have long been observed as important seasonal festivals in many traditional cultures. Accordingl

posted 5:05:38pm Jun. 20, 2013 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.