JOHN BURDICK is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University. His research focuses on the politics of religion, social movements, applied anthropology, and the analysis of race in Brazil. His publications include Looking for God in Brazil (1993) and Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race and Popular Christianity in Brazil (1998).
W. E. HEWITT is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He is the author of Base Christian Communities and Social Change in Brazil (1991) and editor of The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Focus (1993). He has also published numerous scholarly articles on religion and social movements.