Fair Game: Secrecy, Security, and the Church of Scientology in Cold War America

  title={Fair Game: Secrecy, Security, and the Church of Scientology in Cold War America},
  author={Hugh B. Urban},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Religion},
  pages={356 - 389}
  • H. Urban
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Sociology
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion
From Tom Cruise's wedding to South Park's scathing cartoon parody, the Church of Scientology has emerged as one of the wealthiest, most powerful but also most controversial new religious movements of the last fifty years. Remarkably, however, it has rarely been subjected to serious, critical study by historians of religions, in large part because of the intense secrecy that has surrounded the movement from its origins. This paper examines the role of secrecy in the early Church of Scientology… 
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