"The Church of Scientology, started by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard to 'clear' people of unhappiness, portrays itself as a religion. In reality the church is a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner" –Time magazine, May 6, 1991. In spite of the bad press there are more than 370 Scientology churches and missions in more than 100 countries with more than 500,000 adherents. Hollywood celebrities Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley are only a few of the Hollywood faithful who are actively endorsing Scientology.
"Inside Scientology" Unlocking the Complex Code of America's Most Mysterious Religion
by Janet Reitman • This accurate, well-researched article for Rolling Stone magazine gives an in-depth, eye-opening overview of this bizarre religion. We typically don't include links to non-Christian sources, but have chosen to make an exception seeing that there is so little information online on this religion. Warning: Some of the Scientologists' interviewed in this article use coarse language). NOTE: The original article was pulled from Rolling Stone (probably under threat of lawsuit). This link now takes you to an archived edition.
"Respectfully Engaging Scientology" by Dallas Theological Seminary
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KINGDOM OF THE CULTS: The Definitive Work on the Subject (Book) by Walter Martin and now updated by Ravi Zacharias
Since the first edition was published in 1965, Walter Martin's The Kingdom of the Cults has been the leading reference work on the major contemporary cult systems. With an emphasis on the currently active, proselytizing cults, The Kingdom of the Cults continues to be a crucial tool in countercult ministry and evangelism. While remaining true to Walter Martin's original tone and text, this updated edition, edited by Ravi Zacharias, includes substantial new information. Relevant and accurate materials have been reintroduced from the original editions, preserving Dr. Martin's unique voice and defense of the faith. Scholarly yet readable and engaging, The Kingdom of the Cults evaluates each cult's history and beliefs, contrasting individual teachings with true biblical theology. Readers will find apologetics help in dealing with cults not only at home but also overseas. This is an invaluable reference work for both scholars and laypeople. It is the winner of the Gold Book Award (500,000 copies sold) and the winner of the Gold Medallion Award (ECPA), which recognizes excellence in evangelical Christian literature. Hardcover, 704 pages. Click here to purchase.