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date: 19 January 2020

(p. v) Acknowledgements

(p. v) Acknowledgements

Editing a volume or writing a book would be impossible without the help of others. I wish to thank those at Oxford University Press who were an important part of this Handbook. They include Jenny Wagstaffe, whose co-operation was most helpful and very readily given.

David Bromley gave me invaluable help with the structure and content of the volume, and others, including Robert Bellah, suggested possible contributors. To both of them and to everyone else who contributed in these and other ways I am most grateful.

Works like this take a considerable length of time to create, and family and friends, however uninterested they may be in the subject, tend to become sounding boards. In this case this happened to the extent that they began to ask not, ‘How are you?’, but ‘How's the Handbook going?’ That gives some idea of how much they were obliged to share in its creation, and I thank them all for their forbearance, kindness, and support.

There are fifty-six contributions to this Handbook and every single contributor co-operated in a friendly and helpful way, and I sincerely wish to extend my thanks to each and every one of them, and from all of them I learnt much.

The Handbook is not free of errors, but what mistakes there are, are my responsibility and mine alone. (p. vi)