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  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (930)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I want to preface my review by saying that I am not at all affiliated with Scientology. That said, I think this is a OK book, but written in a way to perpetuate existing perceptions of Scientology as a "freak" religion. I would have appreciated a more balanced treatment.

    In its beginning, the Catholic faith was riddled with corrupt chuch officials (leading to an offshoot religion called Protestantism); in addition, the church embraced violence early in its formative years as a legitimate tool for establishing/maintaining power. And let's not forget the unchecked abuses of church priests during the 50s, 60s, and (maybe) 70s.

    Christianity has had 2000 years to sort itself out (and it's still not perfect). How will Scientology look in 1000 years...in 2000 years?

    Why didnt the author spend equal time showing us how people have benefited from Scientology?
    I'm only familiar with the so-called famous "parishoners" (e.g. Tom Cruise, John Travolta, etc)...but these folks are successful people, and they claim that Scientology helped them.

    Surely there are others out there who are not famous and who have also benefited, no?

    The early failures within Scientology's organization are the failures of people who, not ideas or beliefs.
    It sounds like Scientology's biggest issue is making sure its leaders behave responsibly.

    It would have been nice to hear a balanced history of this organization and its beliefs.

    10 of 64 people found this review helpful

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