by Hugh Urban
“The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion” by Hugh B. Urban offers a comprehensive exploration of the origins, beliefs, and controversies surrounding Scientology. In this enlightening book, Urban provides a detailed historical account of the development of Scientology, tracing its roots back to the enigmatic figure of L. Ron Hubbard. He delves into the early influences that shaped Hubbard’s ideas, the formation of Dianetics, and the eventual establishment of the Church of Scientology. Urban examines the core doctrines and practices of the religion, shedding light on its unique cosmology, auditing techniques, and the importance of the E-meter. Furthermore, he discusses the controversial aspects of Scientology, such as its aggressive legal battles, allegations of abuse, and the secretive nature of the organization. With meticulous research and a critical perspective, Urban presents an engaging and thought-provoking analysis of the Church of Scientology.