Professor Robert Segal is Chair of Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He moved there from Lancaster University in 2006. He is a member of the editorial board of Religion. He has published widely on method and theory in the study of religion, and in particular the influence of early 20th century theorists including Jung, Frazer, William James and E. B. Tylor. He has also published research on psychoanalysis, mythology and gnosticism.

Philip L. Tite is an Affiliate Lecturer at the University of Washington and an adjunct instructor at Seattle University in Seattle WA USA. He holds a PhD degree from McGill University (2005) and has authored several books and articles. His most recent books include The Apocryphal Epistle to the Laodiceans: An Epistolary and Rhetorical Analysis (TENT, 7; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012) and Valentinian Ethics and Paraenetic Discourse: Determining the Social Function of Moral Exhortation in Valentinian Christianity (NHMS, 67; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2009). As a specialist in the study of early Christianity, in particular Valentinian Gnosticism, Tite has strong interests in elucidating social processes at work in the study of religious phenomena. He also has strong interests in method and theory, religion and violence, and pedagogical issues in the academic study of religion.

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