The Creation of 'Religious' Scientology

  title={The Creation of 'Religious' Scientology},
  author={Stephen A. Kent},
  journal={Religious Studies and Theology},
  • S. Kent
  • Published 3 November 2007
  • Sociology
  • Religious Studies and Theology
Among the most complex and mysterious ideologies of the so-called new religions today is Scientology. A multinational conglomerate dedicated to the propagation and implementation of L. Ron Hubbard's beliefs and ideas, Scientology operated missions in approximately twenty-five countries and had an active membership of at least 75,000 in the early 1990s (Kent, 1999a: 147 and n.2). (More precise and recent figures are exceeding difficult to acquire.) Aspects of its elaborate ideological system… Expand
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