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Scientology is arguably the main again and again arguable of all modern New spiritual pursuits. The Church of Scientology has been interested by battles over tax matters, a ten-year clash with the nutrition and Drug management, prolonged turmoil with a couple of eu governments, and has even been subjected to FBI raids in Washington, D.C. and l. a..

Negative exposure, notwithstanding, has now not avoided the Church from experiencing remarkably regular progress. respectable nationwide census figures point out that the variety of Scientologists grew considerably in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia during the Nineteen Nineties, and stories convey that the Church won 10,000 participants within the usa in the course of that decade. This has led Scientology to start pertaining to itself as "The World's quickest transforming into Religion." yet regardless of its hugely public profile, lately more advantageous via famous person spokespersons like Tom Cruise and Isaac Hayes, little has been released in regards to the Church, its background, theology, and venture.
The current quantity brings jointly a global crew of best students on New non secular hobbies to supply an intensive and even-handed assessment and research of all of those points of Scientology, together with the controversies to which it keeps to offer upward thrust. The book's six components take an in depth examine the Church via its similarities to and transformations from different religions, conflicts with a number of teams, in another country missions, and its theology, background, and sociology.

James R. Lewis has assembled an strangely finished anthology, incorporating a variety of diverse techniques. This quantity is a welcome and long-overdue source for students, scholars, and others attracted to this debatable and little-understood non secular circulate.

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