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Editor's Note As has been past practice, the editors of Contagion continue to select for refereeprocesspapersfrom the annual meeting ofthe Colloquium on Violence and Religion. Thepresent volume contains theproceedings, as revised by contributors andas guest edited by RobertDaly, SJ., ofthe Colloquium heldatBoston College in 2000, whose topic was "Violence and Institution in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. But we also continue to welcome manuscriptsfrom authors in all academic disciplines andfields ofprofessional activity which bear on René Girard's mimetic model of human behavior and cultural organization. Future volumes will also include a section for Notes and Comments, allowing for responses to previous essays and discussion oftexts and issues related to interests ofthejournal. We wish again to express our thanks to Patricia Clemente, Administrative Secretary of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University Chicago, for her resourceful vigilance in seeing thejournal through to its timely production. ...


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