ANTHONY W. BARTLETT was born 1946, in Epping, UK. He studied philosophy and theology at Heythrop College, UK, and Lateran University, Rome, 1965–74. He resigned priesthood in 1984, then worked as director of homeless shelter in London. In 1994, he relocated with his wife and children to Syracuse, NY. There, he gained a PhD at Syracuse University, Department of Religion. He taught at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, Rochester, and G.T.S. New York. He founded with his wife the local prayer and study community, "Wood Hath Hope" and recently-established teaching center "Bethany House." He has authored a number of books and articles, including sci-fi novel Pascale's Wager, Homelands of Heaven and forthcoming this year a bible study guide, Seven Stories, How Teach and Study the Nonviolent Bible.
GABRIEL BORRUD works as a radio and online journalist for the English service of Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster. He has translated Wolfgang Palaver's comprehensive study René Girard's Mimetic Theory (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013) and Palaver's essay "Violence and Religion: Walter Burkert and René Girard in Comparison," which appeared in volume 17 of Contagion. He has been fascinated by Girard since high school. [End Page 233]
SCOTT COWDELL is research professor in public and contextual theology at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, and Canon Theologian of the Canberra-Goulburn Anglican Diocese. He is the author of seven books, most recently René Girard and Secular Modernity: Christ, Culture, and Crisis (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013). With Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge, he edits Blackwell Publishing's Violence, Desire, and the Sacred series, and leads the Australian Girard Seminar.
ERIC GANS is distinguished professor emeritus of French and francophone studies at UCLA, where he taught for 45 years. With The Origin of Language: A Formal Theory of Representation (California, 1981) he created the discipline of generative anthropology. His major recent works in that area are The Scenic Imagination from Hobbes to Freud (Stanford, 2007) and A New Way of Thinking: Generative Anthropology in Religion, Philosophy, Art (Davies, 2011). A new edition of his 1990 Science and Faith: The Anthropology of Revelation appeared in 2015, along with a translation of Baudelaire's Les fleurs du mal, and his most recent book, written with Adam Katz, The First Shall Be the Last: Rethinking Antisemitism (Brill). Since 1995, he has edited the online journal Anthropoetics and produced over 500 online "Chronicles of Love and Resentment."
BONNIE GLENCROSS is an assistant professor of archaeology and classical studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She completed graduate degrees at the University of Toronto and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. She has over 26 years of expertise in bioarchaeology and conducts research in Bermuda, Canada, and Turkey. She has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters including (with Basak Boz) "Representing Neolithic Violence in the Near East: Readings from Contextualized Human Skeletal Remains," which appeared as a book chapter in The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict (M. Smith and C. Knüsel, editors).
CHRIS HAW is a PhD candidate in theology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation is on Girard's political theology of monotheism as a refusal to divinize victims, placed into conversation with Jan Assmann's Mosaic Distinction and Chantal Mouffe's paradoxical relationship between liberalism's inclusivity and democracy's boundaries. His Jesus for President (2008) explored the theological politics of nonviolence, and his From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart (2012) combines reflection on community activism, living in Camden, NJ, and the Catholic sociopolitical imagination. [End Page 234]
JOSHUA HREN is an assistant professor of English and Catholic studies at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. His publications include "The Genealogy of Ressentiment and the Achilles' Heel of Humanitarianism: Thinking with Dostoevsky, Scheler, and Manent on 'Love of Mankind,'" published in Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, "The Sound and the Fury, Symbolizing Something," which appeared as a book chapter in Redeeming Philosophy: From Metaphysics to Aesthetics, and other scholarly articles, as well as short stories, poems, and a serialized novel.
CHRISTOPHER J. KNÜSEL is professor...