Blog: Deconstructing Scientology: Chapter 5 - 2016-09-01

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F0.png Deconstructing Scientology: Chapter 5 September 1, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

Here we have Chapter 5 by Dorthe Refslund Christensen called "Scientology and Self-Narrativity: Theology and Soteriology as Resource and Strategy." Dorthe is an associate professor and professional researcher at the School of Communication and Culture in Denmark. She's actually written two chapters in this book, this being the first, and she wrote two other papers about Scientology back in 2005.

Now this week's is a doozie. Remember that in all likelihood, this week's essay was never meant to be read out loud to us regular folks and perhaps not ever read at all. It's difficult stuff to decipher and understand, but we won't let that stop us.

First off, the word soteriology means the doctrine of salvation. Dorthe uses this word A LOT. According to my friends at Wikipedia, "In the academic field of religious studies, soteriology is understood by scholars as representing a key theme in a number of different religions and is often studied in a comparative context; that is, comparing various ideas about what salvation is and how it is obtained."