WILLIAM H. JR. SWATOS is editor of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review (formerly Sociological Analysis), the official journal of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and monographs. His most recent books include For Democracy: The Noble Character and Tragic Flaws of the Middle Class (with Ronald Glassman and Peter Kivisto, Greenwood Press, 1993), Gender and Religion, and A Future for Religion? New Paradigms for Social Analysis. An Episcopal priest, he teaches under- graduate courses in sociology and philosophy at Scott Community College, Bettendorf, Iowa. In 1989 the sociology department of the University of Kentucky, where he completed his doctorate, honored him with its annual award by naming him to its list of distinguished alumni.
ROBERT E. BECKLEY is professor of sociology and coordinator of sociology at West Texas A & M University. Along with H. Paul Chalfant and C. Eddie Palmer, he is coauthor of Religion in Contemporary Society. He has written more than fifty articles, book reviews, and papers. Since 1987, Beckley ahd Chalfant have studied clergy and their roles as counselors of persons with AIDS; a book concerning this research is forthcoming. In addition to his research interests in the sociology of religion, Beckley is also involved in evaluation research for individual congregations.
IRENA BOROWIK is affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Religion at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Her research