Father Schall is a Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author of numerous books, including: Another Sort of Learning (Ignatius Press, 1988); At the Limits of Political Philosophy (Catholic University of America Press, 1996); Reason, Revelation, and the Foundations of Political Philosophy (LSU Press, 1987); Idylls and Rambles (Ignatius Press, 1994); and Schall on Chesterton: Timely Essays on Timeless Paradoxes (Catholic University of America Press, 2000).
Even students in religious-founded institutions can lose their faith. Others find God at Ohio State University. Some students mold themselves to the prevailing campus ideology, while others go through unchanged. One thing seems true.
Christianity is a religion of joy because it is a religion of God who is joy. And sports help us realize God's joy on earth.
What is the reason for leisure and reflection? What is the purpose of play and celebration? These things point toward the unnecessity of human life and toward the reality that human beings were made, not out of need, but out of an overabundance of love pouring forth from the creator. For this reason, human affairs will always be “unimportant” compared to the source of their being, and human civilization is always an exercise in freely accepting the limits imposed by a world not of our making. . . .