Blog: Deconstructing Scientology - Chapter 4 - 2016-08-25
Today we are continuing my analysis of the book Scientology, edited by James R. Lewis with chapters contributed by various religious scholars, sociologists and psychologists all centered around, surprise!, the topic of Scientology. Thanks for carrying on with me in this.
Today, we have Chapter 4 by David G. Bromley, professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia entitled "Making Sense of Scientology: Prophetic, Contractual Religion."
Bromley was known in the anti-cult world as an apologist of the worst kind for new religious movements, having gone on record as accepting money from Scientology and other groups and giving favorable testimony in court against the concept of brainwashing or cult mind control techniques. While I certainly agree that the day-to-day experiences of your average Scientologist do not compare to what Robert Lifton described in his book about Chinese re-education and brainwashing facilities, I don't see any way that an objective observer could possibly suggest that Scientology does not engage in undue or covert influence methods on potential and converted members.