Blog: Deconstructing Scientology: Chapter One - 2016-08-04
This video continues my critical analysis of the book Scientology, edited by James R. Lewis with chapters contributed by various religious scholars, psychologists, sociologists and the like. If you haven't yet watched my first video in this series, I recommend you do, so you get the context of what this is all about. There is a link in the notes section below to that first part. I am not making any claims in this video to be unbiased or objective in my views on Scientology.
Here we will be taking up Chapter One of this book, written by J. Gordon Melton, currently a researcher with the Department of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He's also an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and the Church of Scientology has recommended him as an excellent source for information on religions and cults through their Cult Awareness Network website.
He founded and is chairman of the Institute for the Study of American Religion and is the chairman of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) which is an organization famous as the world's foremost cult apologist organization. Melton has been doing cult apologetic work since the 1970s for many other groups besides Scientology.