Church of Scientology
|Fast Facts: Church of Scientology|
|Adherents||70,000 or several million, depending on the source|
|Beliefs||God(s) not specified; reality explained in the Eight Dynamics|
|Practices||Auditing, progressing up various levels until "clear". Focus on education and drug recovery programs.|
|Texts||Writings of Hubbard, such as Dianetics and Scientology|
|Symbols||S with two triangles; Scientology cross|
The Church of Scientology was founded in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard, a former science fiction writer. The organization doesn't present itself as a religion, but as a technology that leads people to true spiritual release and freedom.
Scientology does not emphasize particular beliefs about God or other traditional religious topics, yet it calls itself the "Church" of Scientology and presents many of its teachings in spiritual and religious terms.
Scientology has attracted several high-profile celebrities, most famously Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but is also highly controversial, with some regarding it as a dangerous religious cult or deceptive financial scam.
Table of Contents
- Wright, Lawrence, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief .
- Hill, Jenna Miscavige, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape .
- Remini, Leah, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology .
- Reitman, Janet, Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion .
- Hubbard, L. Ron, Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health .
- Hubbard, L. Ron, Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought .