Blog: Deconstructing Scientology: Appendix - 2017-02-09

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F0.png Deconstructing Scientology: Appendix February 9, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

Hey everyone this is Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, with our last chapter in our deconstruction of this book, Scientology, edited by academic and cult apologist James R. Lewis and featuring essays and articles from a number of like-minded sociologists, psychologists and religious scholars. We are finally wrapping this up.

Now for anyone who is paying more attention than they probably should, I am skipping chapter 21 called "Sources for the Study of Scientology: Presentations and Reflections" since this offers very little of substance and is mostly a summary of Hubbard's individual books and videos. Dorthe Christensen does make some decent points about how the Church has altered the original works of Hubbard over the years to fit the re-written historical record or hagiography of Hubbard's life and how he supposedly was always on a self-made collision course with destiny to bring freedom and salvation to Mankind through his works. Since we've really already covered that whole thing in some detail earlier in this series, though, it's only a footnote here.

So our final chapter is actually the Appendix, which is a very short article titled "Pastoral Care and September 11: Scientology's Nontraditional Religious Contribution" by Carole M. Cusack and Justine Digance. This was apparently a section in a longer article by these two authors published in Australian Religious Studies Review in the spring of 2003.