Critical Thinking Begins at Home

On Making a Shift in the Study of Religion


  • Russell T. McCutcheon University of Alabama



critical religion, internationalization, professionalization, University of Alabam


Using as the starting point experiences gained at the University of Alabama, this paper discusses the context and goals of developing and implementing what Tim Fitzgerald and others have called a critical study of religion program (both undergraduate and graduate) within a modern research university – an initiative that played a key role in our department’s successful reinvention, one that has been taking place over the past twenty years.

Author Biography

Russell T. McCutcheon, University of Alabama

Russell T. McCutcheon is University Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. He has published widely in the study of religion on such topics as methods, theories and the history of the field, as well as producing a variety of classroom materials and works intended to help early career scholars better prepare a possible future in the profession.


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How to Cite

McCutcheon, R. T. (2020). Critical Thinking Begins at Home: On Making a Shift in the Study of Religion. Implicit Religion, 22(3-4), 349–372.

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