Contributors: Jun. 24, 1996

DAVID VAN BIEMA, who wrote the story about Deepak Chopra and other New Age healers that makes up part of this week's cover package on faith and healing, has a rare gift for writing about spirituality without cynicism or gushiness. "Faith and matters of the spirit are as important to understanding America as politics," says Van Biema, whose last cover story was about Billy Graham's son Franklin. "They're a little tougher to track, but they're immensely rewarding." Religion is by no means Van Biema's only interest. Since he came to TIME three years ago from our sister publication Life, he has...

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