Scientology is arguably the main repeatedly arguable of all modern New non secular hobbies. The Church of Scientology has been thinking about battles over tax matters, a ten-year clash with the meals and Drug management, prolonged turmoil with a couple of ecu governments, and has even been subjected to FBI raids in Washington, D.C. and l. a..

Negative exposure, even if, has no longer avoided the Church from experiencing remarkably regular development. professional nationwide census figures point out that the variety of Scientologists grew considerably in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia through the Nineties, and reports express that the Church received 10,000 contributors within the usa in the course of that decade. This has led Scientology to start pertaining to itself as "The World's quickest starting to be Religion." yet regardless of its hugely public profile, lately better via superstar spokespersons like Tom Cruise and Isaac Hayes, little has been released concerning the Church, its historical past, theology, and project.
The current quantity brings jointly a global crew of best students on New spiritual activities to supply an in depth and even-handed evaluate and research of all of those points of Scientology, together with the controversies to which it maintains to provide upward push. The book's six elements take a close examine the Church via its similarities to and transformations from different religions, conflicts with a variety of teams, in a foreign country missions, and its theology, heritage, and sociology.

James R. Lewis has assembled an surprisingly accomplished anthology, incorporating quite a lot of assorted ways. This quantity is a welcome and long-overdue source for students, scholars, and others attracted to this arguable and little-understood non secular flow.

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