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James R. Lewis


Scientology is arguably the most persistently controversial of all contemporary New Religious Movements. The Church of Scientology has been involved in battles over tax issues, a ten-year conflict with the Food and Drug Administration, extended turmoil with a number of European governments, and has even been subjected to FBI raids in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Negative publicity, however, has not prevented the Church from experiencing remarkably steady growth. Official national census figures indicate that the number of Scientologists grew significantly in Canada, New Zealand, and Austr ... More

Keywords: Scientology, New Religious Movements, tax, Food and Drug Administration, FBI, negative publicity, Tom Cruise, Isaac Hayes

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195331493
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331493.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James R. Lewis, editor
University of Tromso, Norway

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James R. Lewis

Part I Introductory Essays

1 Birth of a Religion

J. Gordon Melton

2 The Cultural Context of Scientology

William Sims Bainbridge

Part II Theoretical and Quantitative Approaches

Part III Community and Practices

7 Community in Scientology and among Scientologists

Peter B. Andersen, and Rie Wellendorf

9 The Development and Reality of Auditing

Gail M. Harley, and John Kieffer

Part IV Sources and Comparative Approaches

Part V Controversy

Part VI International Missions

18 Scientology Down Under

Adam Possamai, and Alphia Possamai-Inesedy

Part VII Dimensions of Scientology

Part VIII Appendix

End Matter