(NEW YORK TIMES) — Tim Tebow may be the most popular Christian in sports. He is a cross-cultural phenomenon, a preacher in a football player’s body.

Whether religion is at the core of his popularity is debatable. But between the caricatures on one end and the deification on the other end, those with an opinion of Tebow — and that counts just about everyone — may not have an understanding of his religious beliefs beyond the broad label of evangelical Christian.

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