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Scientology

Author: James R Lewis
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2009.
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"This present volume brings together an international group of top scholars on New Religious Movements to offer an extensive and evenhanded overview and analysis of all aspects of Scientology, including the controversies to which it continues to give rise. The book's six parts take a detailed look at the Church through its similarities to and differences from other religions, its conflicts with various groups, its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Scientology.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008026684
(OCoLC)232786014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James R Lewis
ISBN: 9780199715954 0199715955 9780195331493 0195331494 1281987026 9781281987020
OCLC Number: 320624058
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 446 pages) : illustrations
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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"This present volume brings together an international group of top scholars on New Religious Movements to offer an extensive and evenhanded overview and analysis of all aspects of Scientology, including the controversies to which it continues to give rise. The book's six parts take a detailed look at the Church through its similarities to and differences from other religions, its conflicts with various groups, its overseas missions, and its theology, history and sociology."--Jacket.

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