A s the women and men examined in this book read, heard, contested, modified, and utilized one another's ideas, I too have benefited from the diverse and helpful thoughts, criticisms, and advice of many intelligent and supportive people. In particular, I would like to thank members of my two writing groups: Sheila Croucher, Lori Varlotta, Shawn Smith, and Molly Rhodes. Their longstanding friendships and their generous readings of and astute comments on various chapters of the book were invaluable. These pages also owe much to fruitful discussions with and the careful criticism of Robert Haynes, Peter Williams, Mark Pedelty, Curtis Ellison, Benjamin Bertram, Michael Davidson, Barbara Tomlinson, Kathryn Shevelow, and Rachel Klein. Moreover, without the unfailing enthusiasm of Catherine Haynes, Martha Haynes, Bo Platt, Karen Evans, Elyane Laussade, Claire Legas, Karen Miksch, Gail Della Piana, and Muriel Blaisdell, this project could never have been completed. Each of them has helped to foster the varying religious, feminist, and historical sides of myself. My editor, Seetha A-Srinivasan, has been supportive and patient throughout the project. Finally, to Wai Dimock and Nicole Tonkovich, whose critical care and warmth have immeasurably enhanced this book as well as many other aspects of my academic life, go my deepest gratitude.