Samuel S. Hill, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of religion at the University of Florida, where he served as department chair from 1972–1977. He previously taught at the University of North Carolina and Stetson University. Dr. Hill is a renowned scholar in the fields of American religious history, new religious movements and, in particular, religion in the American South. He has authored dozens of articles and has written or edited a dozen books, including Southern Churches in Crisis (revised and updated, 1999); The South and the North in American Religion (1990); Handbook of Denominations in the United States (tenth edition, 1995); and One Name but Several Faces: Variety in Popular Christian Denominations in Southern History (1996). “The Sam Hill Lecture in Southern Religion” at the University of North Carolina (Asheville) is named in his honor.
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.