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Scientology

Author: James R Lewis
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2009.
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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 counseling activities, and extended conflicts with the Australian and German governments. 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James R Lewis
ISBN: 9780195331493 0195331494
OCLC Number: 232786014
Description: xiv, 446 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Birth of a religion / J. Gordon Melton --
The cultural context of Scientology / William Sims Bainbridge --
Researching Scientology : perceptions, premises, promises, and problematics / Douglas E. Cowan --
Making sense of Scientology : prophetic, contractual religion / David G. Bromley --
Scientology and self-narrativity : theology and soteriology as resource and strategy / Dorthe Refslund Christensen --
The growth of Scientology and the Stark model of religious "success" / James R. Lewis --
Community in Scientology and among Scientologists / Peter B. Andersen and Rie Wellendorf --
How should we regard the religious ceremonies of the Church of Scientology? / Régis Dericquebourg --
The development and reality of auditing / Gail M. Harley and John Kieffer --
Scientology as technological Buddhism / Frank K. Flinn --
Scientology, a "new age" religion? / Andreas Grünschloss --
Scientology : "modern religion" or "religion of modernity"? / Gerald Willms --
The nature of the new religious movements--anticult "culture war" in microcosm : the Church of Scientology versus the Cult Awareness Network / Anson Shupe --
Scientology in court : a look at some major cases from various nations / James T. Richardson --
The Church of Scientology in France : legal and activist counterattacks in the "War on Sectes" / Susan J. Palmer --
Scientology Missions International (SMI) : an immutable model of technological missionary activity / Bernadette Rigal-Cellard --
The Church of Scientology in Sweden / Henrik Bogdan --
Scientology down under / Adam Possamai and Alphia Possamai-Inesedy --
"His name was Xenu. He used renegades--" : aspects of Scientology's founding myth / Mikael Rothstein --
Celebrity, the popular media, and Scientology : making familiar the unfamiliar / Carole M. Cusack --
Sources for the study of Scientology : presentations and reflections / Dorthe Refslund Christensen --
Pastoral care and September 11 : Scientology's nontraditional religious contribution / Carole M. Cusack and Justine Digance.
Responsibility: edited by James R. Lewis.
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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 counseling activities, and extended conflicts with the Australian and German governments. 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.

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