The church of scientology promotes scientology, a body of beliefs and related practices created by l. But to its adherents, it is humanitys brightest hope. I have read several very good books on scientology that employed a more journalistic approach which tends to be a bit more. Meltons book comes close on all three counts, but due to its abbreviated length, doesnt quite satisfy the need. Scientology does not have a sacred text comparable to the bible or the quran.
Hubbard initially developed a program of ideas called dianetics, which was. Ron hubbard, beginning with the first book describing his. The modern science of mental health perhaps the bestselling nonchristian book of all time in the west and awarded dianetics its prestigious century. Until now there was no extensive scholarship on the church of scientology in existence. Originally established in 1956, we have been honored to serve our growing congregation in seattle and communities all across the pacific northwest. In addition to lewis, other contributors to the book include j.
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This library consisting of numerous books, including huge encyclopedic volumes and thousands of tape. Scientology, hollywood, and the prison of belief is a 20 non fiction book about scientology written by lawrence wright. Church of scientology of johannesburg north all are welcome. Ron hubbard, the symbol for dianetics, and the basic concepts and principles behind dianetics, such as how it is used to alleviate unwanted. While i admit it did not actively laud this cult, it gave the scientology far too much credit as a religion. These disturbing elements in society can make the world feel overwhelming and full of danger. Much of scientology applies common sense solutions to lifes perplexities. But there is so much out there on the subject, that i might want to listen to some other things first. The scientology public information center the public information center offers some 500 films, providing a complete introduction to every aspect of dianetics and scientology including the beliefs and practices of the religion and the many humanitarian and community outreach programs sponsored by our church. The modern science of mental health, written by scientology founder l. Scientology, my son david miscavige, and me by ron miscavige and dan koon. Watch video and learn about dianetics, the book dianetics. The four green stripes represent the four subdivisions of mans urge to survive which are delineated in dianetics. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the church of fear.
Would you listen to the church of scientology again. This book is an indepth analysis of an investigation into the scientologists i cannot give them the title of church because i do not believe an organisation so focussed on money should be given that honour by john sweeney and the panorama team from the bbc. The church of scientology international was founded by l. Ron hubbards technologies and keeping scientology working. Ron hubbardbestselling science fiction writer, former naval officer, and peoples philosopherdid not initially intend to found a new religion. Last week i wandered into the church of scientology in pasadena, california, and what happened during my visit made me afraid for the church s members. Religionfacts does not necessarily endorse the contents of these books. All are available for purchase on click book images for details. The green stripes stand for growth, the yellow stripes are for life. The only book to examine the origins of scientology s current leader, ruthless tells the revealing story of david miscaviges childhood and his path to the head seat of the church of scientology told through the eyes of his father. Ron hubbard authored the text and alleged it was the secret manual written by lavrentiy beria, the soviet secret police chief, in 1936. Few religious movements have been subject to public scrutiny like scientology, yet much of what is written about the church is.
On august 19, 2009, tommy davis, the chief spokesperson for the church of scientology international, received a letter from the film director and. It is the book i use most in my scientology practice. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. To understand scientology, you should start with the ultimate scientology book. The church of scientology princeton university press. But neither did he object when followers organized a church based on his teachings. The church of scientology studies in contemporary religions, series volume 1 melton, j. Organizations associated with scientology include applied scholastics. If you are looking for a book about scientology that offers an objective understanding of the origins of the church, how the church is structured, and what the faithful believe, then this book might be a good place to start. Tour our church, view upcoming local events, watch videos of scientologists in south africa, learn more about the scientology religion. The way to happiness official church of scientology.
Scientology is a dangerous cult, and any book that tries to paint it otherwise, no matter the reason, is not telling the whole truth. Scientology is a body of religious beliefs and practices first described in 1950 and organized as a movement in may 1952 by american author l. In 1983, the church of scientology banned a number of texts which. Hubbards legacy comprises tens of millions of published words in dozens of books and thousands of recorded lectures. The introductory books of dianetics and scientology contain new discoveries that you can use to achieve the personal happiness and freedom that come from truly understanding yourself. Inside the weird world of scientology kindle edition by sweeney, john. Welcome to the church of scientology of johannesburg north. The church of scientology studies in contemporary religions. Dianetics, the original blueprint for mental health.
Ron hubbard, which provides a path to understanding the spirit, life, relationships and the universe. Ron hubbard, scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of ones true spiritual nature and ones relationship to self, family, groups, mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the supreme being. A fascinating and oftentimes mindbending account of how pennyaword scifi writer l. A fascinating and scholarly approach to the church of scientology and its decadeslong struggle to be classed as a taxexempt religion in america. Whenever the church updates the books, members have to buy new ones if they want to be good scientologists.
J gordon melton the author explores the theology and hierarchical structure of the church of scientology providing information on its founder, l. A history of a new religion kindle edition by urban, hugh b download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. I have changed many lives for the better using this book. After i finished reading this, i felt a bit dubious about the content, so i. Scientology teaches that people are immortal spiritual beings who have forgotten their true nature. This is an incomplete bibliography of scientology and scientology related books produced within the church of scientology and its related organizations, containing all of the basic books and some other later works either compiled from other works by or written directly by l. Most repressive organisations have a list of banned books. Scientology is one of the wealthiest and most powerful new religions to emerge in the past century.
The resulting movement has attracted millions of adherents from around the globe. Watch video on scientology beliefs and learn more about the scientology religion, developed by l. It is built on the many writings of its founder, l. Ron hubbard, the church s social reform programs, and a summary of. Ron hubbards research and discoveries of the nature of man and the spirit. Urban limits his study to this alone, because as he says, the history of scientology is far too complex and multifaceted to be covered in one monograph alone. They both seem to be a basic history of the religion. To find out more about dianetics and scientology principles and their use, request a free catalog of books, audiobooks, films and lectures. Ron hubbard doggedly pursued the religion angle in his quest to create the worldwide church of scientology. The now religion is a nonfiction book on scientology, written by george.
David miscavige is the ecclesiastical leader of the scientology religion. The way to happiness book onfilm the way to happiness book onfilm is an unabridged presentation of the printed book, configured for all forms of electronic media to facilitate sharing across social media platforms. What other book might you compare the church of scientology to and why. Welcome to the church of scientology of washington state. It was published in march 2009 by oxford university press. A synthesis of the russian textbook on psychopolitics is a red scare, black propaganda book, published by the church of scientology in 1955. Were written by scientologists in good standing promoted a very orthodox interpretation of scientology were published by the church of scientology were sold for some time, with official. Ron hubbards spaceage mysticism is a moneymaking scam and sinister brainwashing cult. Hubbards legacy comprises tens of millions of published words in dozens of books and thousands of recorded lectures, and these materials are available in 16 languages. The materials of dianetics and scientology comprise the largest body of information ever assembled on the mind, spirit and life. The church of scientology is a fascinating book a deep and often brilliant anthropological dissection where more populist authors might find it difficult, for instance, to take seriously a religion that makes its most devoted followers sign a billionyear contract, urban is pofaced throughout. The church of scientology studies in contemporary religions, series volume 1 j. From his position as chairman of the board religious technology center rtc, mr.
A collection of handselected books on church of scientology, chosen on the basis of apparent usefulness and quality. Scientology s early books made much of the fact that hubbard had become one of the nations earliest nuclear physicists and was a medical doctor. The united states, home to the majority of scientologists, has recognized scientology as a religion, with the internal revenue service irs reaffirming the church s taxexempt status in 1993. The church of scientology studies in contemporary religions, series volume 1. Beginning books remember your excitement when you had your first win in scientology. The modern science of mental health 1950, hubbard created a religious institution to promote his unique psychological theories. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the church of scientology. Learn how the practice of this world religion has changed lives with personal success stories about seeking happiness and helping others during crisis. Ron hubbard is a largerthanlife figure a war hero, philosopher and humanitarian. I have had a great deal of education in the subject for over 50 years but one does not have to be trained in scientology to use this book effectively. Miscavige bears the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the standard and pure application of l. Church of scientology of washington state all are welcome.1577 1185 375 638 1084 1287 143 144 1065 1443 1289 1051 476 1370 1125 1363 1176 1154 1205 1100 195 761 1325 1369 282 660 779 270 664 359 380