Handbook of Scientology

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James R. Lewis, Kjersti Hellesøy
Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion
  • Boston, MA: 
    , January
     550 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Eugene V. Gallagher forthcoming.


The Handbook of Scientology brings together a collection of fresh studies of the most persistently controversial of all contemporary New Religions. In recent years, increasing scholarly attention has been directed at the Church of Scientology, resulting in a small tsunami of new scholarship. We have finally reached a point in time where a book on Scientology need not restrict itself to basics. Thus, for example, the historical chapters in the present volume are not really aimed at providing elementary facts on Scientology’s background, but, rather, focus on understanding how the Church of Scientology developed over the years. In short, the Handbook of Scientology will provide a wealth of new information on a topic that one might otherwise have thought exhausted.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

James R. Lewis is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø. He is also the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters, and the author, editor or co-editor of two dozen monographs and anthologies.

Kjersti Hellesøy holds a MA in religious studies from the University of Tromsø. She has published articles about radical Islam in Chechnya; religion and violence; and Scientology, most notably about Independent Scientology.


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