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date: 15 April 2021

(p. v) Acknowledgments

(p. v) Acknowledgments

As with all projects of this scope, so many people have assisted me in so many ways, large and small, that they cannot all be acknowledged here. I would, however, like briefly to acknowledge my more significant debts.

First, I would like to express my gratitude to my partner and wife, Evelyn. This volume was harder to finish than most, and it might never have reached completion without her support.

Second, thanks to Cynthia Read at Oxford University Press, who originally took interest in this project, and Theodore Calderara, who guided the compilation of this volume in its final stages.

Third and most important, I am indebted to my colleagues who contributed their time and expertise to this collection. Many of the contributors helped to found the new religious movements field. Among these, a special word of thanks to Gordon Melton and David Bromley.

Finally, as someone who takes every opportunity to interact with members of the groups he studies, I would also like to express my gratitude to the many informants and officials in various new religions I have studied firsthand. (p. vi)