Charlie McCrary

Charlie McCrary earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Religion at Florida State University. In December, he defended his dissertation, “Sincerely Held Religious Belief: A History,” which will become a book titled “Sincerely Held: American Religion, Secularism, and Belief.” The project examines the roles of religious sincerity and “sincerely held religious belief” in the U.S. state’s regulation of religion and interactions with believers, with case studies ranging from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first. It focuses especially on religious outsiders, including spiritualist women fortune tellers, leaders of new religious movements, eclectic conscientious objectors, and a radical black nationalist group.