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The church of scientology : a history of a new religion

Author: Hugh B Urban
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Scientology is one of the wealthiest and most powerful new religions to emerge in the past century. To its detractors, L. Ron Hubbard's space-age mysticism is a moneymaking scam and sinister brainwashing cult. But to its adherents, it is humanity's brightest hope. Few religious movements have been subject to public scrutiny like Scientology, yet much of what is written about the church is sensationalist and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh B Urban
ISBN: 9780691158051 0691158053
OCLC Number: 820123526
Notes: Originally published: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
Awards: Short-listed for "Choice"'s "Outstanding Academic Titles" 2012 2012
Description: x, 268 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The world's most controversial new religion and why no one writes about it --
L. Ron Hubbard : American entrepreneur, spiritual bricoleur --
Scientology, Inc. : becoming a "religion" in the 1950s --
A Cold War religion : Scientology, secrecy, and security in the 1950s and 60s --
The "cult of all cults"? : Scientology and the cult wars of the 1970s and 80s --
"The war" and the triumph of Scientology : becoming a tax-exempt religion in the 1990s --
Secrets, security, and Cyberspace : Scientology's new wars of information on the Internet --
New religions, freedom, and privacy in the post-9/11 world --
Appendix. A timeline of major events in Scientology's complex journey to becoming a "religion."
Responsibility: Hugh B. Urban.

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"Scientology is one of the wealthiest and most powerful new religions to emerge in the past century. To its detractors, L. Ron Hubbard's space-age mysticism is a moneymaking scam and sinister brainwashing cult. But to its adherents, it is humanity's brightest hope. Few religious movements have been subject to public scrutiny like Scientology, yet much of what is written about the church is sensationalist and inaccurate. Here for the first time is the story of Scientology's protracted and turbulent journey to recognition as a religion in the postwar American landscape. Hugh Urban tells the real story of Scientology from its Cold War-era beginnings in the 1950s to its prominence today as the religion of Hollywood's celebrity elite."--Page 4 of cover.

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