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date: 23 August 2019

(p. ix) Acknowledgements

(p. ix) Acknowledgements

It need hardly be said that a volume such as this is the work of many people. Chief among them, we would like to thank all those at Oxford University Press who have assisted so ably in bringing this Handbook to fruition. Tom Perridge and Lizzie Robottom, in particular, have been unfailing and indefatigable in their encouragement, assistance, and all-round cheeriness since the idea was first mooted in early 2010. We have also been blessed with a wonderful team of copyeditors at Newgen, led by Sathyanarayanamoorthy Sridharan, whose excellence and efficiency are implicit in every page.

While not without its rewards, editing a book of this size and scope is a long and time-stealing process. Our own sleep and sanity notwithstanding, the major losers here have been our friends and family. As such, we would like publicly to thank them all—and especially Lizzie Ruse, and Jo and Grace Bullivant—for their clemency and forbearance.

This book contains forty-six separate chapters, and the labours of fifty-five individual contributors. It has been a pleasure to work with each and every one of them. It is an honour to be presenting their cumulative endeavour to the world. Thanks to them all.

Finally, two names are missing from our contents list. The British sociologist Peter B. Clarke and the American philosopher Paul Kurtz were among the first scholars we signed up to contribute to the Handbook. Sadly, neither lived long enough to grace these pages with their wisdom and insight—at least, not directly. We therefore dedicate The Oxford Handbook of Atheism to Peter and Paul. (p. x)