Jesus’ epic World Cup failure in Brazil
Godless Germany beats devout Brazil 7-1
When the hosts of the 2014 World Cup take on Croatia in the opening match of the tournament on June 12th, God will also be on the pitch. And whoever opens the score sheet for Brazil, it’s likely that Jesus will get the credit.
That was the opening paragraph in a BBC report – Brazil: where God is on the pitch – which last month focused on the rapid growth of neo-Pentecostalism.
The country’s neo-Pentecostalists once denounced football – they called it “the Devil’s egg”. But now they see it as a huge marketing opportunity. As the most watched television event in the world, football presents unrivalled scope for evangelism.
According to Professor Carmen Rial, a social anthropologist at the Federal University at Santa Catarina, nearly all of the 60 Brazilian footballers she conducted interviews with were religious.
I was studying their experiences of migration, so I didn’t talk to them about religion. But I found it cropped up all the time. When I was driving with them in their cars they would be listening to gospel songs, when I visited them in their homes they’d be watching religious television channels, and when I talked to their wives I’d be told about family visits to temples.
Many of Brazil’s most famous footballers are neo-Pentecostalists, committed to spreading the evangelical message at home and abroad. Jorginho, part of the Brazilian team that won the 1994 World cup, founded his own church in Munich.
And AC Milan’s Kaka has said he would rather be a pastor than a coach when he retires.
Maybe, after Brazil’s humiliating defeat 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany this week, they may start ditching their idiotic “I belong to Jesus” shirts and boost the growing numbers of atheists in Brazil. According to the 2010 census, eight percent of Brazil’s 200 million people now say they have no religion.
It should be pointed out that, in contrast, Germany is one of the least religious countries in the world. From Wiki:
Irreligion is prevalent in Germany. As of 2009, more Germans are non-believers in Eastern Germany than Western Germany.When taken overall, Germany is one of the least religious countries.
Eastern Germany is perhaps the least religious region in the world.Atheism is embraced by young and old, though even more so by younger Germans.One study in September 2012 was unable to find a single person under 28 who believed in a god.
Hat tip: Antony Niall