PETER B. ANDERSEN is Associate Professor of History of Religions, University of Copenhagen. His main interest is the modernization of religion. He has participated in surveys on religion in the educational system and among scientologists.

WILLIAM SIMS BAINBRIDGE is the author of 11 books, 4 textbook-software packages, and about 180 shorter publications in information science, social science of technology, and the sociology of religion. At the National Science Foundation since 1992, he represented the social and behavioral sciences on five advanced technology initiatives. Currently, he is program director for Social Informatics, after having directed the Sociology, Human Computer Interaction, Science and Engineering Informatics, and Artificial Intelligence programs.

HENRIK BOGDAN is Professor of Religion at the Göteborg University, Sweden. His main areas of research are Western esotericism and new religious movements, and he is secretary of FINYAR (The Swedish Association for Research and Information on New Religious Movements). Bogdan is the author of Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation (2007).

DAVID G. BROMLEY is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Among his recent books on religious movements are Cults, Religion, and Violence (2002) and Toward Reflexive Ethnography: Participating, Observing, Narrating (2001). He is former president of the Association for the Association of Religion; founding editor of the annual series Religion and the Social Order, sponsored by the Association for the Sociology of Religion; and former editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.


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