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Church of Scientology
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1. Origins

The term “scientology,” meaning “the science of science,” was used as early as 1934 for the title of a book by the philosopher A. Nordenholz. It is uncertain whether the American writer L. Ronald Hubbard (1911–86), the founder of Scientology, knew this work. In Scientology, which Hubbard viewed as a kind of superscience, he aimed to liberate the human spirit by his “religi…

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Thiede, Werner, “Church of Scientology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 10 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C848>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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