Category Archives: Charles McCrary

“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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Religion Snapshots: Reflections on the Hobby Lobby Affair, Part 2

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification and … Continue reading

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“are they a religious band or not at all?”: On Pluralism, Nones, and Identification

by Charles McCrary Last month the band Being as an Ocean released their second album, How We Both Wondrously Perish, which reached the second-highest spot on Billboard’s “Hard Rock” chart. The band was formed only three years ago, yet they now have released two albums … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: Defining Postsecularism, Part 2

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: Defining Postsecularism, Part 1

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: How to Make Sense of ‘Religious’ Language, Part 1

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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This Class is Not About “Profoundly Religious Acts”: Pedagogy and Method for the New Year

by Charlie McCrary On New Year’s Eve 2013, The Atlantic ran an article entitled, “Why Getting Drunk and Making Resolutions on New Year’s Are Profoundly Religious Acts.” If you’re the sort of person who reads the Bulletin Blog, it’s likely that … Continue reading

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