Category Archives: Charles McCrary

World Religions, American Religions, the Object of Study, and an Ode to Bruce Lincoln

by Charles McCrary This post originally appeared, in a slightly different version, at the group blog Religion in American History. This year I’ve been teaching “world religions” for the first time. I knew I would be required to do it … Continue reading

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For the Good or the Guild? Scholars Respond to Kate Daley-Bailey: Charles McCrary

In this series, a number of scholars respond to Kate Daley-Bailey’s provocative essay, “For  the Good or the ‘Guild’: An Open Letter to the American Academy of Religion,” which appears in the most recent issue of the Bulletin journal, Vol 44, … Continue reading

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Theses on Professionalization: Charles McCrary

In this series with the Bulletin, we have asked 21 early career scholars to weigh in on Russell McCutcheon’s Theses on Professionalization, first published in 2007. In his 21 theses, McCutcheon offers advice to young scholars entering (or soon to enter) the job … Continue reading

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How to Organize the World Religions Survey (?)

by Charles McCrary Earlier this year, during the spring semester, I wrote a post about my teaching world religions and the possibility of using a tentative definition of “religion.” In the post I briefly considered how the course might look … Continue reading

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Important, not Particular: A Reflection on Religion in 21st-Century America

Note: This post originally appeared on the Religion in American History blog. by Charles McCrary According to the new Pew study “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” 6.9% of respondents identified their religious affiliation or belief as “nothing in particular” and also reported that … Continue reading

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“We’re here to talk about religion”: A Few Examples for Teaching Classification

by Charles McCrary This post’s titular sentence was spoken Friday morning by a student during first lecture of the semester. It was a protest, playful but betraying frustration. She was sitting in the front row of a packed classroom, spending … Continue reading

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“We are there to be there”: More Reflections from Sullivan’s A Ministry of Presence

by Charles McCrary This post’s titular sentence, quoted in Winnifred Sullivan’s new book A Ministry of Presence, is how a hospice chaplain summarized the purpose of his job (185). Sullivan brilliantly explains how, through legal and cultural history, simply “to … Continue reading

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