Going Clear

Author: Lawrence Wright
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ISBN: 9781909269408
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UK and Australian edition of the international sensation and New York Times-bestselling investigation into Scientology

Going Clear Enhanced Edition

Author: Lawrence Wright
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0385350562
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National Book Award Finalist The enhanced eBook edition of Lawrence Wright’s revelatory study of Scientology includes additional photographs and documents, plus more than thirty minutes of original video—taped interviews with former members of the church speaking about what drew them to Scientology and about discovering past lives, the church’s position on abortion and homosexuality, and how the Guardian’s Office functions; and in interviews with the author, Lawrence Wright speaks about his aims in writing this book, his respect for his sources, and methods of research. A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less well known—and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology. At the book’s center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige—tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard. We learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract. In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.

Prisoners Of Faith

Author: Lawrence Wright
Publisher: Bantam Press
ISBN: 9780593069226
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When Academy Award winning writer and director Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby, Crash) left the Church of Scientology after three decades of loyal service, the organisation suffered a crushing blow. Alongside Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Haggis was one of the church's Hollywood trophies. But Haggis' personal investigation of the church to which he had pledged his faith uncovered a litany of horrors, including physical abuse, forced abortions, slavery and imprisonment of its members. With his belief shattered, Haggis resigned from Scientology and here u for the first time u he speaks out about his experiences. Prisoners of Faith explores the roots of Scientology, from the life of its eccentric founder, L. Ron Hubbard, to the practices of its current leader David Miscavige. Encompassing flashes of brilliance and insanity, we discover the appeal of Scientology through Haggis' eyes, especially to talented and ambitious members of the entertainment industry. This is the most profound reckoning to date with the powerful and secretive organisation that dominates celebrity headlines. It is also a moving human story of the lure of extreme faith and the price of leaving it.

Going Clear By Lawrence Wright Key Takeaways Analysis

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Going Clear by Lawrence Wright | Key Takeaways & Analysis Preview: Going Clear by Lawrence Wright is an in-depth examination of the founding, principles, and scandals of Scientology using eyewitness interviews and original document research. The Church of Scientology was founded with the publication of the book Dianetics in 1950 by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. His unique approach to mental health attracted a following, and after he founded the Church of Scientology in 1954 to continue spreading the message of Dianetics, he established a seafaring ministry and sought a permanent base for the church. They established the church in Clearwater, Florida in 1975. From there it became famous for the church's secretive beliefs. Given the high level of skepticism from journalists and the US government, Hubbard spent much of his time hiding or on the run with his earnings from the church until he died in 1986. The church became a substantial resource for networking in the world of celebrity… PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Key Takeaways & Analysis of Going Clear • Overview of entire book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Key Takeaways and Analysis of Key Takeaways

Scientology In Popular Culture Influences And Struggles For Legitimacy

Author: Stephen A. Kent
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440832501
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This multidisciplinary study of Scientology examines the organization and the controversies around it through the lens of popular culture, referencing movies, television, print, and the Internet—an unusual perspective that will engage a wide range of readers and researchers. • Discusses Scientology within the framework of popular culture, which is how most people outside the religion come in contact with it • Approaches the study of Scientology from multiple viewpoints, enabling readers to have an informed, multicultural perspective on the religious group's beliefs and practices from which to form their own opinion • Presents information about Scientology derived from one of the largest university archive collections on the subject worldwide, with a number of documents never before having been referenced in scholarship

Religion Online How Digital Technology Is Changing The Way We Worship And Pray 2 Volumes

Author: August E. Grant
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 144085372X
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Religion Online provides new insights about religiosity in a contemporary context, offering a comprehensive look at the intersection of digital media, faith communities, and practices of all sorts. • Shows how religion is as important as politics in contemporary public affairs • Breaks new ground on the subject of media and religion (e.g., studying actual audiences, exploring cultural religion outside denominations, and synthesizing communication and sociology of religion) • Features a variety of diverse voices from different faiths to give readers a broad overview of ideas • Describes how young adults have a unique affinity for new media and are more comfortable using them in religious worship than previous generations

Among The Scientologists

Author: Donald Westbrook
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190664975
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The Church of Scientology is one of the most recognizable American-born new religions, but perhaps the least understood. With academic and popular interest on the rise, many books have been written about Scientology and surely more will follow. Although academics have begun to pay more attention to Scientology, the subject has received remarkably little qualitative attention. Indeed, no work has systematically addressed such questions as: what do Scientologists themselves have to say about their religion's history, theology, and practices? How does Scientology act as a religion for them? What does "lived religion" look like for a Scientologist? This is not so much a book about the Church of Scientology, its leaders, or its controversies, as it is a compilation of narratives and histories based on the largely unheard or ignored perspectives of Scientologists themselves. Drawing on six years of interviews, fieldwork, and research conducted among members of the Church of Scientology, this groundbreaking work examines features of the new religion's history, theology, and praxis in ways that move discussion beyond apostate-driven and exposé accounts.

Truth

Author: Johnny George
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
ISBN: 1619848511
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As shattered fragments of a buried mirror may be cleaned and pieced together to portray a reflection, so the book TRUTH clears away dirt and muck of untruth. The author fits shards of knowledge like pieces of a puzzle to display what may be a very real reflection of ultimate high-level truth. In a search that has spanned over five decades, there has been no agenda other than eliminating untruth to reveal a clear image of reality. Pertinent facets of many, many sources have been inter-connected in the creation of this book: · The Bible, · Eastern philosophy, · the Dead Sea scrolls, · the Nag Hammadi texts, · the archives of Edgar Cayce and Seth, · American Indian Wisdom, · ancient Toltec knowledge, · science, physics, and quantum mechanics, · decades of magazine and news articles, · and such modern thinkers, teachers, and writers as Rhonda Byrne, Depak Chopra, David Deutsch, Brian Greene, Bruce Lipton, Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, and many others. TRUTH offers evidence that awareness of certain knowledge may awaken humanity to our natural progression in spirit. Signs point to a path that can bring us to merge in a collective consciousness where the oneness of all may be realized—where separate beliefs, both spiritual and scientific, may coalesce and be transcended—where we may evolve to find our true nature as nonviolent spiritual beings. When many signs point the same direction, who would follow the one that doesn’t? When answers add up and make sense, why do so many believe things that don’t? TRUTH has been said to be among the most informative, the most comprehensive books ever written and has even been called the “best book ever …” This new second edition is vastly improved over the first. It includes a Preface with information about where the book came from and why it was written. The new version also contains the results of more biblical research and quotes, and many enhancements and additional details throughout.

Twins

Author: Lawrence Wright
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781630262457
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An award-winning writer for The New Yorker magazine builds on the latest investigations into the psychology of twins to demonstrate the unparalleled impact of one's genetic inheritance on one's personality, far outweighing one's family life.