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James R. Lewis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331493.001.0001

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Birth of a Religion

Birth of a Religion

Chapter:
(p.17) 1 Birth of a Religion
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Scientology
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J. Gordon Melton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331493.003.0002

This chapter provides an overview of L. Ron Hubbard's life. It describes Hubbard's early education, his fame in science fiction, and his fascination with finding a technology of the human mind that led him to write Dianetics, and the founding of the Dianetics movement. This chapter also describes the history of the Church of Scientology up to the time of Hubbard's death in 1987. It provides a basic introduction to Scientology’s beliefs, practices, and organization. Finally, this chapter discusses the main features of conflicts in which the Church has been involved.

Keywords:   L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics, Dianetics movement, Church of Scientology, beliefs, practices, organization, conflicts

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