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The Church of Scientology : A History of a New Religion

By: Urban, Hugh B.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (189 p.).ISBN: 9781400839438.Subject(s): Dianetics | Hubbard, L. Ron -- (La Fayette Ron), -- 1911-1986 | ScientologyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Church of Scientology : A History of a New ReligionDDC classification: 299.93609 | 299/.93609 LOC classification: BP605.S2 -- U73 2011ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
COVER -- CONTENTS -- LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- INTRODUCTION: THE WORLD'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL NEW RELIGION AND WHY NO ONE WRITES ABOUT IT -- ONE: L. RON HUBBARD: AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR, SPIRITUAL BRICOLEUR -- TWO: SCIENTOLOGY, INC: BECOMING A "RELIGION" IN THE 1950s -- THREE: A COLD WAR RELIGION: SCIENTOLOGY, SECRECY, AND SECURITY IN THE 1950s AND 60s -- FOUR: THE "CULT OF ALL CULTS"?: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE CULT WARS OF THE 1970s AND 80s -- FIVE: "THE WAR" AND THE TRIUMPH OF SCIENTOLOGY: BECOMING A TAX-EXEMPT RELIGION IN THE 1990s
SIX: 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" -- NOTES -- SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY -- INDEX
Summary: 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 r
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COVER -- CONTENTS -- LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- INTRODUCTION: THE WORLD'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL NEW RELIGION AND WHY NO ONE WRITES ABOUT IT -- ONE: L. RON HUBBARD: AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR, SPIRITUAL BRICOLEUR -- TWO: SCIENTOLOGY, INC: BECOMING A "RELIGION" IN THE 1950s -- THREE: A COLD WAR RELIGION: SCIENTOLOGY, SECRECY, AND SECURITY IN THE 1950s AND 60s -- FOUR: THE "CULT OF ALL CULTS"?: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE CULT WARS OF THE 1970s AND 80s -- FIVE: "THE WAR" AND THE TRIUMPH OF SCIENTOLOGY: BECOMING A TAX-EXEMPT RELIGION IN THE 1990s

SIX: 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" -- NOTES -- SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY -- INDEX

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 r

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Library Journal Review

Urban (religious studies, Ohio State Univ.; Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism) describes concisely the development of the Church of Scientology from a pseudopsychological self-help business venture to a self-proclaimed "religion" fighting vigorously for government recognition. Urban argues that Scientology is a kind of carnival funhouse-mirror reflection of broader American cultural fixations, phobias, and fascinations from the 1950s through the 1990s-from Cold War secrecy and a love of all things scientific to the contemporary cultural enthrallment with celebrity. Scientology, he notes, has a lot to teach us about society's complex and freighted contest to define just what is and is not "religion." VERDICT Highly recommended, this is a valuable, evenhanded, academic but engaging introduction to the controversial church, both for those interested in the topic of religious studies and for general readers. Reitman's journalistic Inside Scientology (see above) pays less attention to the church's many legal battles. These two books offer much needed impartial perspectives on their subject.-Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This book opens with a correct observation: "Surely few new religious movements have been the subject of more scandal, media attention, or misunderstanding than the Church of Scientology." Urban (Ohio State Univ.) addresses his subject as a historian of religion and objectively traces the complex history of a movement that is now recognized as a religion in the US. In addition, he uses the specific case of Scientology to explore what "religion" is in the present century. This book fairly evaluates and presents Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, as well as the evolution of a movement into an officially recognized religion. Throughout, Urban maintains a "dual perspective of a hermeneutics of respect and a hermeneutics of suspicion." With his fair, scholarly approach, Urban has written what is probably the best history available of this terribly tangled story. This book urges all readers to explore their new cyberspace in relation to new religions, freedom, and privacy in the post-9/11 world. Rounding out the volume are excellent notes and a time line of major events. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers. G. H. Shriver emeritus, Georgia Southern University

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Hugh B. Urban is professor of religious studies at Ohio State University. His books include Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism and Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion .

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