- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069114608X
- ISBN-13: 978-0691146089
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion Hardcover – August 22, 2011
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The book is primarily about the definition of religion. By "definition of religion" Urban goes beyond the question of "What is Religion?" and into the causes and effects of that definition: who makes it and what are the consequences. Scientology has raised many important questions about the roles of religious freedom and privacy that are discussed in detail throughout this book, along with many others that have left me sitting here, grappling with my own thoughts and feelings on religion, thoughts and feelings that I thought were cemented through my previous studies and experiences.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning the history of Scientology, but more so to those intrigued by the intersection of religion, politics, and privacy. I look forward to follow up works by this author as well as others, grappling some of the increasingly important questions raised in these pages.
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"The Church of Scientology: a History of a New Religion" was well-written and researched. As I read it, I had an awareness that the author was afraid of this litigious... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
The two previous scholarly books on Scientology were Roy Wallis' "The Road to Total Freedom" and Harriet Whitehead's "Renunciation and Reformulation". Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Was a great buy and was in great condition. I am very pleased with my purchase and look forward to future purchases.Published on February 13, 2012 by Soskia21