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Church of Scientology A History of a New Religion

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ISBN-10: 1400839432

ISBN-13: 9781400839438

Edition: 2011

Authors: Hugh B. Urban, Hugh B. 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…    
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Book details

List price: $52.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/2/2011
Pages: 280
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: 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
Cold War Religion: Scientology, Secrecy, and Security n the 1950s and 60s
Thee "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
Conclusion: 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"
Selected Bibliography