Scientology

Hardcover | March 1, 2009

EditorJames R. Lewis

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Scientology is arguably the most persistently controversial of all contemporary New Religions. The church of Scientology has been involved in battles over tax issues, a ten-year battle with the Food and Drug Administration regarding the Electro-meters used in the Church's counselingactivities, and extended conflicts with the Australian and German governments. Negative publicity has not prevented the Church from experiencing remarkably steady growth. But despite its high public profile, recently enhanced by celebrity spokespersons like Tom Cruise, little has been publishedabout the Church, its history, theology, and mission. In this book a group of well-known scholars of New Religious Movements offers an extensive and evenhanded overview and analysis of all of these aspects of Scientology, including the controversies to which it continues to give rise. Part I of thebook gives a general introduction to the Church and discusses the problems associated with studying it. The essays in Part II represent sociological approaches to understanding the Church. Part III offers illuminating comparisons and contrasts with other religious systems. Part IV looks at theconflicts in which the Church has been, and continues to be, involved. In Part V, the subject is Scientology's overseas missions. Finally, Part VI examines some of the distinctive practices of the Church. This book will be the only comprehensive resource for scholars, students, and others interestedin this controversial and little-understood religious movement.

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Scientology is arguably the most persistently controversial of all contemporary New Religions. The church of Scientology has been involved in battles over tax issues, a ten-year battle with the Food and Drug Administration regarding the Electro-meters used in the Church's counselingactivities, and extended conflicts with the Australian...

James R. Lewis is an extensively-published scholar of new religious movements. He currently teaches in the University of Wisconsin system. His reference books have won New York Public Library, American Library Association, and Choice book awards. He has been interviewed by the LA Times, the NY Times, NPR, the BBC, and Meet the Press.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introductory EssaysJ. Gordon Melton: i Birth of a ReligionWilliam Sims Bainbridge: ii The Cultural Context of ScientologyDouglas E. Cowan: iii Researching Scientology: Perceptions, Premises, Promises, and Problematicsiv Theoretical and Quantitative ApproachesDavid G. Bromley: v Making Sense of Scientology: Prophetic, Contractual ReligionDorthe Refslund Christensen: vi Scientology and Self Narrativity: Theology and Soteriology as Resource and StrategyJames R. Lewis: vii The Growth of Scientology and the Stark Model of Religious "Success"Community and PracticesPeter B. Andersen and Rie Wellendorf: i Community in Scientology and Among ScientologistsRegis Dericquebourg: ii How Should We Regard the Religious Ceremonies of the Church of Scientology?Gail M. Harley and John Kieffer: iii The Development and Reality of AuditingSources and Comparative ApproachesFrank Flinn: i Scientology as Technological BuddhismAndreas Gruenschloss: ii Scientology: A "New Age" Religion?Gerald Willms: iii Scientology: "Modern Religion" or "Religion of Modernity"?ControversyAnson Shupe: i The Nature of the New Religious Movements - Anticult "Culture War" in Microcosm: The Church of Scientology versus the Cult Awareness NetworkJames T. Richardson: ii Scientology in Court: A Look at Some Major Cases from Various NationsSusan J. Palmer: iii The Church of Scientology in France: A History of Legal and Activist Responses to the Forces of Anti-cultism and the Government - sponsored "War on sectes"International MissionsBernadette Rigal-Cellard: i SMI: Scientology International Missions, An Immutable Model of Technological Missionary ActivityHenrik Bogdan: ii Scientology in SwedenAdam Possamai and Alphia Possamai-Inesedy: iii Scientology Down UnderDimensions of ScientologyMikael Rothstein: i "His name was Xenu. He used renegades...": Aspects of Scientology's Founding MythCarole M. Cusack: ii Celebrity, the Popular Media and Scientology: Making Familiar the UnfamiliarDorthe Refslund Christensen: iii Sources for the study of Scientology: Presentations and ReflectionsAppendicesPastoral Care and September 11: Scientology's Non-Traditional Religious Contribution, Carole M. Cusack and Justine Digance L. Ron Hubbard, Kenneth Goff, and the "Brain-Washing Manual"of 1955, Massimo Introvigne: i Pastoral Care and September 11: Scientology's Non-Traditional Religious Contribution