Irving Hexham, Ph.D., is professor of religious studies at the University of Calgary. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol and is an expert in the fields of religion and politics, nationalism, new religious movements, African Christianity and academic fraud. He has authored dozens of articles and written or edited over a dozen books, including The Irony of Apartheid (1981); Understanding Cults and New Age Religions (1986, with Walter Block); New Religions as Global Cultures (1997, with Karla Poewe); and Understanding World Religions (2011).
Brief Analyses of The Religious Nature of Scientology
Emerging in the early 1950s, the Scientology religion since its inception has drawn much interest over the years from religious scholars around the world.
This study contains four brief analyses from the hundreds of existing studies published on Scientology. They were written in the years 1978 to 1981. Their authors represent unique perspectives and geographical and philosophical diversity.