Marianna M. Shakhnovich - Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Head of the Department of Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies, St. Petersburg State University. The Co-chairman of the section "Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies" of the Problem Council for Philosophy under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Member of Presidium of Education Board of Philosophy, Political Science and Religious Studies. Scientific interests: philosophy and history of religion, theoretical and methodological problems of religious studies. Author of more than 120 scientific publications.