Academic goes 'Among the Scientologists' to bring back what we already knew - 2018-12-08
Your proprietor spent a lot of time in academia and has a huge respect for the scholar who wants to advance knowledge in a particular area by doing the scholarly thing — investigating, listening, measuring, while trying to be as objective as possible.
That, however, does not describe what's going on in Donald Westbrook's newly published Among the Scientologists: History, Theology, and Praxis, and so we don't really feel a motivation to dive into it too deeply. From the beginning, Westbrook's sneering contempt for the journalists who have risked their careers, their livelihoods, and perhaps even their lives to get us information about what's really going on in Scientology is tiresome.
This is a book that takes potshots at consummate professionals like Russell Miller and Lawrence Wright and then admits that its 69 interviews with Scientologists were arranged by the church's own notorious Office of Special Affairs.