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Scientology

James R. Lewis

Abstract

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

Bibliographic Information

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

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James R. Lewis, editor
University of Tromso, Norway

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Contents

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Part I Introductory Essays

Part II Theoretical and Quantitative Approaches

Part III Community and Practices

Part IV Sources and Comparative Approaches

Part V Controversy

Part VI International Missions

Part VII Dimensions of Scientology

Part VIII Appendix

End Matter