Religion professor complains that no one wants to hear the good news about Scientology - 2021-10-25
Chris Shelton continues his look at the state of 'religious studies' attitudes about Scientology by working through a new issue of the journal Implicit Religion. Go here for his first and second installments.
This week we are examining "Researching and Teaching Scientology: Perception and Performance of a New Religion" by Stephen E. Gregg of the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. Gregg is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and the Hon. Secretary of the British Association for the Study of Religions and as I've mentioned in other articles, he has no credentials or apparent understanding of psychology, sociology, or the subject of coercive control, so his views are informed strictly through a lens of religious studies.
His conclusions about studying groups like Scientology suffer from his ignorance. Gregg was one of the four participants of the podcast I commented on in our first article and this article is his follow-up to that. I will focus on only one point he makes. The rest of his article is the usual, almost boiler-plate nonsense about how rough religious scholars have it studying groups like Scientology.