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“Karen”

For time:
150 Wallball shots, 20 pound ball
then
2016 Benchmark Series Skill Test – Muscle-ups/Dips
AMRAP Muscle-ups in 5:00 minutes
OR
AMRAP Dips in 3:00 minutes

Monday Funday.

Monday Funday.

How do you define religion? Google’s definition of religion is “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” Many people associate the word religion with this definition and a specific world religion such as Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.

But the Harvard Divinity School is expanding our thought on what is religion. The school and its students are studying areas other than churches that demonstrate the same defining elements as a religion – and CrossFit made its list. 

As the school points out: 

Any criteria you choose to define religion will quickly reveal its shortcomings. Is it about belief in a deity? Judaism and Christianity have that, but many varieties of Buddhism do not. Existence after death? Mormons believe in that, but plenty of liberal Protestants do not.

Yet consider football. Religion scholars have noted that it brings people together in large crowds to “worship,” and has a weekly holy day and even annual holidays, like N.F.L. draft day and, of course, the Super Bowl.

In this article published in the New York Times, the possibility of CrossFit serving as a religious entity to its followers is discussed.

 

When Some Turn to Church, Others Go to CrossFit

What do you think? Does CrossFit serve as a religion? Or is this is a stretch? Does it need to be defined? Post to comments.