Diane Apostolos-Cappadona is Visiting Professor of Religious Art and Cultural History at Georgetown University. A contributor to scholarly journals, collected volumes, and reference publications, she has edited collections dedicated to religion and the arts—for example, Art, Creativity, and the Sacred. The Consulting Editor for Art and Religion for multiple international reference collections such as The Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition, she has curated art exhibitions including In Search of Mary Magdalene and Noguchi at the Dance, and participated in international television documentaries.
Guy L. Beck is Lecturer in Hinduism, Asian Religions, and Religion and Music at Tulane University in New Orleans. Professor Beck is the author of Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound (1993) and Sonic Liturgy: Ritual and Music in Hindu Tradition (2012). He is also the editor of Sacred Sound: Experiencing Music in World Religions (2006), and Vaishnava Temple Music in Vrindaban: The Radhavallabha Songbook (2011), with 18 CDs. As a trained vocalist in Hindustani classical music, he has been awarded an AIIS (American Institute of Indian Studies) Performing Arts Fellowship and a US Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship. In 2001, he delivered the Michaelmas Lectures on Hinduism and Music at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, and in 2010 participated in the Eranos Conference in Switzerland on “Love and the Musical Arts.”
Larry D. Bouchard is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he teaches in the area of Theology, Ethics, and Culture. He is author of Tragic Method and Tragic Theology: Evil in Contemporary Drama and Religious Thought (1989) and Theater and Integrity: Emptying Selves in Drama, Ethics, and Religion (2011). He has also published articles and chapters concerning literature and religion, tragedy and theodicy, and theology and culture.
Frank Burch Brown is the Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion and the Arts at Christian Theological Seminary and was for several years Alexander Campbell Visiting Professor of Religion and the Arts at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is author of five books, including Transfiguration: Poetic Metaphor and the Languages of Religious Belief (1983; reissued 2013), Religious Aesthetics (1989), Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste: Aesthetics in Religious Life (2000), and Inclusive Yet Discerning: Navigating Worship Artfully (2009). A contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion (2008) and the Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology (2013), he has been named Senior Editor for Religion and the Arts for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia (p. xiv) in Religion, which is being developed as an ongoing, online scholarly resource. He is also composer of over twenty commissioned musical works.
John W. de Gruchy is Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town and Extraordinary Professor in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch. He has doctorates in both theology and the social sciences. Author of a number of books, including Christianity, Art, and Transformation: Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice (2008), Icons as a Means of Grace (2008), and Led into Mystery: Faith Seeking Answers in Life and Death (2013), he has published widely on the church in South Africa, on the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, on Christianity and the arts, and more recently on Christian humanism. He and his wife are members of the Volmoed Community near Hermanus, a retreat and conference center that exists to promote reconciliation and justice.
Jessica Frazier is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent, and a Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Hindu Studies, and author of The Continuum Companion to Hindu Studies (2011), and Reality, Religion and Passion: Indian and Western Approaches in Hans-Georg Gadamer and Rupa Gosvami (2009).
Anne-Marie Gaston (Anjali) (D.Phil. Oxon) is an internationally recognized performer of several styles of South Asian classical dance (Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Chhau). All of her training has been in India for over forty-five years, with some of the greatest hereditary teachers. Her dance repertoire includes both the traditional repertoire and innovative dances exploring sacred themes. These mixed media recitals include dance performed and recorded on video, and images taken in remote places by Anne-Marie and Tony Gaston. She has published three books: Bharata Natyam from Temple to Theatre (1997), Siva in Dance, Myth, and Iconography (1981), and Krishna’s Musicians in the Temples of Nathdvara Rajasthan (1997).
Tony Gaston (D.Phil. Oxon) is an ecologist, writer, filmmaker, and photographer, who has observed sacred dances throughout the world. He initiated the founding of the Great Himalayan National Park, which is now under review for world Heritage status. www.culturalhorizons.ca.
Margaret S. Graves is Assistant Professor of Islamic art and architecture at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 for her thesis on miniature architectural forms in the art of the medieval Islamic world, has published articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals, and has edited volumes and exhibition catalogues on subjects ranging from the plastic arts of medieval Iran to the disciplinary discomfort with nineteenth-century Islamic art. Most recently she co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Art Historiography on the historiography of Islamic art (June 2012) and edited Islamic Art, Architecture and Material Culture: New Perspectives.
(p. xv) Deborah J. Haynes is a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder, former Chair of the department from 1998–2002, and founding Director of a residential academic program in the visual and performing arts from 2003–2011. She is an artist and the author of six books including Bakhtin and the Visual Arts (1995), The Vocation of the Artist (1997), Book of This Place: The Land, Art, and Spirituality (2009), Spirituality and Growth on the Leadership Path: An Abecedary (2012), and Bakhtin Reframed (2013).
Graham Howes is Fellow Emeritus, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, a trustee of ACE (Art and Christianity Enquiry) and formerly on the Advisory Board of Material Religion. His publications include “Theology and the Visual Arts” in David Ford (ed.), The Modern Theologians (2nd edition, 1994), English Cathedrals and the Visual Arts: Patronage, Policies and Provision, with Tom Devonshire Jones (2006), The Art of the Sacred—An Introduction to the Aesthetics of Art and Belief (2007), and “Christian Wisdom in the Visual Arts” in Theology 114 (3): 2011.
David Jasper is Professor of Literature and Theology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and Distinguished Overseas Professor at Renmin University of China, Beijing. Among his recent publications is the trilogy of books The Sacred Desert (2004), The Sacred Body (2009), and The Sacred Community (2012). He was a co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology (2007).
Robert K. Johnston is Professor of Theology and Culture and Co-Director of the Reel Spirituality Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. A past president of the American Theological Society, his recent books include Don’t Stop Believin’ (co-edited, 2012), Reframing Theology and Film (edited, 2007), Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue (2006, 2000), Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the Lens of Contemporary Film (2004), and Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith (co-written with Catherine Barsotti, 2004). He is a general editor of the "Understanding the Bible Commentary" series, Old Testament; a co-editor for Baker Academic of both the “Engaging Culture” series and the “Cultural Exegesis” series; and a co-editor for Routledge of the "Religion and Film" series. The author or editor of fifteen books, Johnston has written thirty-five book chapters and numerous articles, and has been a regular movie reviewer (see reelspirituality.com). His book on general revelation entitled God’s Wider Revelation will be published in 2014.
Tarif Khalidi was born in Jerusalem, Palestine, in 1938. He was educated at University College, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. His current position (since 2002) is Shaykh Zayid Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, American University of Beirut. Previously (1996–2002) he was Sir Thomas Adams’ Professor of Arabic and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. His most recent publications are Images of Muhammad (2009), The Qur'an, A New Translation (2008), and The Muslim Jesus (2001).
Richard Kieckhefer is the John Evans Professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, where he has taught since 1975. He also holds positions in the Departments (p. xvi) of History and Art History. His research focuses mainly on late medieval religious culture, but he has written on church architecture in all periods, and he has worked on several themes in the comparative study of religion. His book Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley (2004), deals with churches in historical and theological context from the third to the twenty-first century. He has published other books focused on various aspects of late medieval religion.
Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan is a Professor of Religion at Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, NC, and an Ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Professor Kirk-Duggan is author and editor of over twenty books, including Exorcising Evil: A Womanist Perspective on the Spirituals (1997); Refiner’s Fire: A Religious Engagement of Violence (2000); Soul Pearls: Worship Resources for the African American Congregation (2003); co-editor, The Africana Bible: Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (2009); and with Marlon Hall, Wake Up!: Hip Hop, Christianity and the Black Church (2011). She has also written numerous articles and book chapters.
Mark Kligman is Professor of Jewish Musicology at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where he teaches in the School of Sacred Music. He specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music. He has published on the liturgical music of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn in journals as well as his book Maqām and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn (2009), which shows the interconnection between the music of Syrian Jews and their cultural way of life.
Charles Lachman holds an M.A. in Buddhist Studies (McMaster) and a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies (Toronto), and taught at York University and Dartmouth College prior to joining the faculty at the University of Oregon, where he is chair of the History of Art and Architecture department. In addition to teaching, he has curated numerous exhibitions, among them “In the Eclipse of Angkor” (2009), “Buddhist Visions” (2008), and “Elizabeth Keith in Korea” (2006). He is the author of Evaluations of Sung Dynasty Painters of Renown (1990), The Ten Symbols of Longevity (2006), A Way With Words: The Calligraphic Art of Jung Do-jun (2006), and articles and essays in a variety of publications.
Roger Lundin is the Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College, where he teaches American literature and modern European literature. Twice named Teacher of the Year at Wheaton, Lundin has written and edited twelve books, including Beginning with the Word: Modern Literature and the Question of Belief (2013); Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in A Secular Age (2009); an Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief (2004). He has received major research fellowships from the Erasmus Institute, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Evangelical Scholarship Initiative. Lundin has an M.A. in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut.
Margaret R. Miles is Emerita Professor of Historical Theology, The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She was Bussey Professor of Theology at the Harvard University (p. xvii) Divinity School from 1978–1996, and Dean of the Graduate Theological Union from 1996 until her retirement in 2002. Her recent books include Augustine and the Fundamentalist’s Daughter (2011), A Complex Delight: The Secularization of the Breast, 1350–1750 (2008), and The Word Made Flesh: A History of Christian Thought (2005).
Vijay Mishra is Professor of English Literature and Australia Research Council Professorial Fellow at Murdoch University. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Humanities Academy. Author of books such as Devotional Poetics and the Indian Sublime (1998) and Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire (2001), he has published in a wide range of areas, among them Gothic Literature, Australian and postcolonial literature, devotional poetics, diaspora studies, and multicultural theory.
Mia M. Mochizuki is the Thomas E. Bertelsen Jr. Associate Professor of Art History and Religion at the Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University; the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; and the Department of the History of Art, University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of the award-winning book The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566–1672: Material Religion in the Dutch Golden Age (2008), and editor of In His Milieu. Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias (2006). Her interdisciplinary research has addressed problems in early modern religious art, with special attention to Reformation (Catholic and Protestant), Netherlandish and global Baroque art.
David Morgan is Professor of Religion at Duke University, and Chair of the Department of Religion. Morgan is author of several books: Visual Piety (1998), Protestants and Pictures (1999), The Sacred Gaze (2005), The Lure of Images (2007), and The Embodied Eye (2012), and editor of several others, including Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture (2008) and Religion and Material Culture (2010). He is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Material Religion.
Peggy Rosenthal has a doctorate in literature and is co-founder of the nationwide ministry Poetry Retreats. She has published widely on poetry and religion, including The Poets’ Jesus (2000) and Praying through Poetry: Hope for Violent Times (2003). She co-edited the anthology Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry (1998) and co-authored the study Reclaiming Beauty for the Good of the World: Muslim & Christian Creativity as Moral Power (2010). She writes and reviews frequently for the magazines Image, America, and Christian Century.
Don E. Saliers is the William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus, at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He taught at Yale Divinity School before joining the faculty at Emory in 1974, where he was also the organist/choirmaster at Emory University’s Cannon Chapel. A contributor to the United Methodist Hymnal, he is the author and co-author of fifteen books and over a hundred essays and book chapters. Among his publications are Worship as Theology: Foretaste of Glory Divine (1994), Worship and Spirituality (1996), Worship Come to Its Senses (1996), (p. xviii) and Music and Theology (2007). In 2005 he wrote A Song to Sing, A Life to Live, with his daughter Emily, who is one-half of the Grammy Award-winning Indigo Girls.
Patrick Sherry is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion, Lancaster University, U.K. His recent work has been in the area of theological aesthetics, especially the books Spirit and Beauty (1992, 2002) and Images of Redemption (2003).
Amnon Shiloah is Emeritus Professor of the Department of Musicology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was awarded a Ph.D. in musicology and Oriental Studies from the Sorbonne in Paris. Among his books are the two RISM volumes: The Theory of Music in Arabic Writings: I, 1979 and II, 2003; Jewish Musical Traditions (1992); Music in the World of Islam (1995), the French translation of which received the Grand Prix of the Academie Charles Cros (Paris 2003); two volumes of essays published in the series of Variorum: The Dimension of Music in Islamic and Jewish Culture (1993) and Music and its Virtues in Islamic and Judaic Writings (2007).
Deborah A. Sommer focuses on the ritual, visual, and somatic aspects of the Confucian tradition in China. She received her Ph.D. in Religion at Columbia University in 1993. Currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Gettysburg College, she has lectured and taught extensively in Europe and Asia. Editor of Chinese Religion: An Anthology of Sources (1995), she is completing a book project titled The Afterlife of Confucius, which explores the religious significance of the body of Confucius, and she is also completing a new topically arranged translation of the Sayings of Confucius. Recent publications that focus on studies of body and self in China include “The Ji Self in Early Chinese Texts” (Bautz Verlag, 2012), “Boundaries of the Ti Body” (Asia Major, 2008), and “Concepts of the Body in the Zhuangzi” (in Victor Mair, ed., Experimental Essays on Zhuangzi, 2nd ed.).
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include The Hispanic Condition (1995), On Borrowed Words (2001), Spanglish (2003), Love and Language (2007), and Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years (2010). He is the editor of The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998), The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (2003), the 3-volume set of Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories (2004), Becoming Americans (2009), The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010), and The FSG Books of 20th-Century Latin American Poetry (2011). His play The Disappearance, performed by the theater troupe Double Edge, premiered at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and has been shown around the world. His story “Morirse está en hebreo” was made into the award-winning movie My Mexican Shivah (2007), produced by John Sayles. Stavans has received numerous awards, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award, the Southwest Children Book of the Year Award, an Emmy nomination, the Latino Book Award, Chile’s Presidential Medal, the Rubén Darío Distinction, and the Cátedra Roberto Bolaño. He was the host of the syndicated PBS (p. xix) show Conversations with Ilan Stavans (2001–2006). His work has been translated into a dozen languages.
Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen studied theology in Tübingen and Dublin. She was awarded her doctorate from Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy on an interdisciplinary study of theology and visual art. She is Programme Leader at the Priory Institute, Dublin, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Confederal School of Religions, Theology, and Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. An Honorary Fellow of the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, she has published Theology and Modern Irish Art (1999), Theological Aesthetics—A Reader (2004), Theology in the Making—Biography, Methods, Contexts (ed. with D. Marmion, 2005), Trinity and Salvation—Theological, Spiritual and Aesthetic Perspectives (ed. with D. Marmion, 2009), Ecumenical Ecclesiology—Unity, Diversity and Otherness in a Fragmented World, ed. (2009), and Apostolic and Prophetic—Ecclesiological Perspectives (2011).
Sybil A. Thornton holds degrees in Latin, Film, and Oriental Studies (Japanese) from UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and the University of Cambridge. Her research explores the continuities in Japanese narrative between medieval and modern, religion and political critique, and epic and film. Her publications include the 1999 Charisma and Community Formation in Medieval Japan: The Case of the Yugyō-ha (1300–1700) and the 2007 The Japanese Period Film: A Critical Analysis. She is currently working on a translation and analysis of a late fourteenth-century epic, the second of five.
Richard Viladesau received his doctorate in Theology in 1972 at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is currently professor of Theology at Fordham University, New York. His publications include works on homiletics, fundamental theology, and theological aesthetics. Among them are Theological Aesthetics: God in Imagination, Beauty, and Art (1999); Theology and the Arts: Encountering God through Music, Art, and Rhetoric (2000); and a series of volumes on the Passion in theology and art: The Beauty of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts—from the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance (2005); The Triumph of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts—From the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation (2008). The most recent volume in this series, The Pathos of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts—The Baroque Period, is scheduled for publication in 2013.
Sunthar Visuvalingam is an independent scholar, who received his Ph.D. (1984) at the Banaras Hindu University on “Abhinavagupta’s conception of humor: its resonances in Sanskrit drama, poetry, mythology, and spiritual praxis.” He has subsequently co-edited a volume on Abhinavagupta: Reconsiderations (2006), which features his own lead essay “Towards an Integral Appreciation of Abhinavagupta’s Aesthetics of Rasa.” He has attempted to interrogate and extend Indian aesthetics and its underpinnings by applying its principles to modern literature (e.g., Rabindranath Tagore’s novella Chaturanga) and Bollywood movies (e.g., Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades). His publications cover a (p. xx) wide range of subjects, such as anthropology (acculturation models of Indian religions) and comparative religion (transgressive sacrality). He hosts the multilingual and international website for collaborative research, intercultural dialogue, and comparative aesthetics svAbhinava.org, and its various associated forums, particularly http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Abhinavagupta/.
Edward van Voolen, art historian and rabbi, is curator at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam and teaches practical rabbinics at the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin/Potsdam. He has curated numerous exhibitions on Jewish art, culture, and religion. His recent publications include: 50 Jewish Artists You Should Know, 2011; The “Jewish” Rembrandt, The Myth Unraveled (ed., with M. Alexander and J. Hillegers), 2008; Charlotte Salomon Leben? Oder Theater? (ed.), 2007; Modern Masterpieces from Moscow, Zwolle, 2007; My Grandparents, My Parents and I: Jewish Art and Culture, 2006; Synagogen van Nederland (with Paul Meijer), 2006; Jewish Identity in Contemporary Architecture (ed., with Angeli Sachs), 2004. He has taught regularly at universities, e.g., in Amsterdam, Leiden, Berlin and Chicago.
Paul Westermeyer is Emeritus Professor of Church Music at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he also served as Cantor and administered the Master of Sacred Music program with St. Olaf College. He has taught at Elmhurst College, the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and St. Olaf. His books include The Church Musician (1997), With Tongues of Fire (1995), Let Justice Sing (1998), Te Deum: The Church and Music (1998), and the Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2010).
Ralph C. Wood has been University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University in Waco, Texas since 1998. From 1971–1997, he taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he was the John Allen Easley Professor of Religion. His books include The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists (1988); The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-Earth (2004); Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South (2004); Literature and Theology (2008); and Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God (2011).