Profile: Scientology

 

Founded:   Incorporated as a church in 1955 by L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986).   Based largely on his book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, published in 1950. 

Current Organization:   The Church of Scientology is overseen by the Church of Scientology International (CSI) in Los Angeles, CA.   The current president is Heber C. Jentzsch.  There are approximately 2,600 Scientology churches, missions, and groups.  

Description:  The Church of Scientology (COS) can be described as a hybrid between a religion and psychotherapy. Despite the fact that it recognizes a Supreme Intelligence, there is no developed theology of what that God may be like.  Rather, Scientology claims that it helps people achieve their maximum potential by assisting them in resolving or "clearing" negative or traumatic memories of the past.  It does this by a process they call "auditing" which is an expensive therapy session.  The church is also typically involved in it's respective community, with anti-drug programs (Narconon), and various social programs through the Association for Better Living an Education (ABLE).  

Official Website:  www.scientology.org

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The Church of Scientology vs. the Net
Ron Newman's page, cited perhaps more than any other by the media.
http://www2.thecia.net/users/rnewman/

Truth About $cientology
Arnie Lerma's page.
http://www2.dgsys.com/~alerma/

Electronic Frontier Foundation "Legal Cases - Church of Scientology" Archive
http://www.eff.org/pub/Legal/Cases/CoS_v_the_Net/

Sloth's Suppressive Person's Page
http://www.sky.net/~sloth/sci/sci_index.html

Tilman Hausherr'S PAGE - Europe and celebrities
http://www.snafu.de/~tilman/

Modemac's Scientology Page
http://home.pacific.net.sg/~marina/modemac/cos.htm

Stephen's UK Scientology page
An unofficial home page for Families Under Scientology Stress. Archive of Scientology-related media in the UK and hypertext copies of the books.
http://www.demon.co.uk/castle/scientology.html

Scientology Critics' Information (Martin Poulter/ Karin Spaink)
http://www.xs4all.nl/~kspaink/mpoulter/scum.html

"SCIENTOLOGY v. the INTERNET
Free Speech & Copyright Infringement on the Information Super-Highway" (from Skeptic Magazine)
http://www.skeptic.com/03.3.jl-jj-scientology.html

Skeptical Information (Jim Lippard)
Contains a very complete library of books about Scientology.
http://www.primenet.com/~lippard/skeptical.html

Dave's Cult Page - Emphasis on Scientology, Eckankar, and TM
http://www.lightlink.com/drogers/cults/

The Secret Library of Scientology
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/

Scientology Audited (Chris Owen)
Government reports on Scientology and some original essays.
http://www.demon.co.uk/castle/audit/

Scientology and the Courts (Maureen Garde)
A large amount of material from Scientology legal cases.
http://superlink.net/~mgarde/opinions.html

ARS Week in Review (Rod Keller)
Summarizes the most significant postings from the Usenet group alt.religion.scientology for the preceding week.
news:alt.religion.scientology Yahoo "Scientology critics" page http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Religion/Scientology/Opposing_Views/

 

 

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