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Scientology

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ISBN-10: 0195331494

ISBN-13: 9780195331493

Edition: 2009

Authors: 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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List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/11/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 9.29" wide x 6.50" long x 1.40" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Dr. James R. (Jim) Lewis is a senior human factors engineer (at IBM since 1981) with a current focus on the design and evaluation of speech applications and is the author of Practical Speech User Interface Design. He is a Certified Human Factors Professional with a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Psycholinguistics), an M.A. in Engineering Psychology, and an M.M. in Music Theory and Composition. Jim is an internationally recognized expert in usability testing and measurement, contributing (by invitation) the chapter on usability testing for the 3rd and 4th editions of the Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics and presenting tutorials on usability testing and metrics at various…    

Contributors
Introduction
Introductory Essays
Birth of a Religion
The Cultural Context of Scientology
Researching Scientology: Perceptions, Premises, Promises, and Problematics
Theoretical and Quantitative Approaches
Making Sense of Scientology: Prophetic, Contractual Religion
Scientology and Self-Narrativity: Theology and Soteriology as Resource and Strategy
The Growth of Scientology and the Stark Model of Religious "Success,"
Community and Practices
Community in Scientology and among Scientologists
How Should We Regard the Religious Ceremonies of the Church of Scientology?
The Development and Reality of Auditing
Sources and Comparative Approaches
Scientology as Technological Buddhism
Scientology, a "New Age" Religion?
Scientology: "Modern Religion" or "Religion of Modernity"?
Controversy
The Nature of the New Religious Movements-Anticult "Culture War" in Microcosm: The Church of Scientology versus the Cult Awareness Network
Scientology in Court: A Look at Some Major Cases from Various Nations
The Church of Scientology in France: Legal and Activist Counterattacks in the "War on Sectes,"
International Missions
Scientology Missions International (SMI): An Immutable Model of Technological Missionary Activity
The Church of Scientology in Sweden
Scientology Down Under
Dimensions of Scientology
"His name was Xenu. He used renegades...": Aspects of Scientology's Founding Myth
Celebrity, the Popular Media, and Scientology: Making Familiar the Unfamiliar
Sources for the Study of Scientology: Presentations and Reflections
Appendix
Pastoral Care and September 11: Scientology's Nontraditional Religious Contribution
Index