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A godly athlete on sharing his faith

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 13, 2008 | 8:32 am

Religion, he feels, is the main source of his strength, and because he realizes not everybody shares that feeling today, he sometimes refers to “the challenge of being in the minority in the world.” ... “I don’t try to be overbearing in what I believe, but, given a chance, I will express my beliefs.”

If I told you that line was in reference to a star athlete, I wouldn’t imagine you could guess whom. A number of sports stars, and journeymen, come to mind when I think of faith and basketball or baseball or football. And afflicted-minority syndrome is increasingly popular with my fellow American Christians today.

But, surprisingly, I came across those lines last night in John McPhee’s “A Sense of Where You Are,” the profile he wrote more than 40 years ago of basketball great Bill Bradley, a white man of not-so-humble means who was educated at Princeton, the citadel of the American Presbytery. Hardly a typical minority.

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