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The Church of Scientology is one of the most recognizable American-born new religions, but perhaps the least understood. With academic and popular interest on the rise, many books have been written about Scientology and surely more will follow. Although academics have begun to pay more attention to Scientology, the subject has received remarkably little qualitative attention. Indeed, no work has systematically addressed such questions as: What do Scientologists themselves have to say about their religion's history, theology, and practices? How does Scientology act as a religion for them? What does "lived religion" look like for a Scientologist?
This is not so much a book about the Church of Scientology, its leaders, or its controversies as it is a compilation of narratives and histories based on the largely unheard or ignored perspectives of Scientologists themselves. Drawing on six years of interviews, fieldwork, and research conducted among members of the Church of Scientology, this groundbreaking work examines features of the new religion's history, theology, and praxis in ways that move discussion beyond apostate-driven and expose accounts.
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- Brooke Taylor
Brave overview of Scientology; excellent narration
I found Paul Boehmer's narration of Westbrook's book (with academic credentials from no less than the prestigious Oxford University Press) to be professional and engaging at the same time. Paul's vocal style is well matched to the unflinching, open source approach used for the author's research. The history and overview of a church long shrouded in mystery is thoughtfully introduced. The work builds to highlight fascinating insider stories from rank and file members, delving into their life experiences and motivations for becoming Scientologists. Five Stars, highly recommended.
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The real truth about a controversial religion
Many people are curious or suspicious about Scientology. There is so much uninformed and ill-intentioned nonsense circulated by media. If you have ever wondered "Why would anyone ever be a Scientologist? " this scholarly work is for you. Impeccably unbiased and objectively genuine and detailed- it answers the big questions people should consider asking, if they really want to know the truth. It made me happy to read and was uplifting. Thank you Dr Westbrook !
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