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Russell T. McCutcheon is professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His interests revolve around things theoretical—from the category religion and the rhetoric of experience to the politics of the modern notion of the self. His forthcoming book, co-written with William Arnal, is The Sacred is the Profane: The Political Nature of “Religion” and will be published by Oxford University Press later this year. Although sometimes described as a threat to the study of religion, he is nonetheless kind to small children and regularly gives excessive snacks to his dog, Izzy.