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Scientology, Church of
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In a series of organizations that followed each other in hectic succession, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (Mar 13, 1911 – Jan 24, 1986) sought to capitalize on the unexpected boom of autonomous Dianetics groups that followed upon his self-help bestseller Dianetics, published in 1950, and preceded the Church of Scientology (as it began calling itself in 1954, initially in California; later Church of Scientology International). The name reflects Hubbard’s expansion of Dianetics “therapy” to…

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Grünschloß, Andreas, “Scientology, Church of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_124782>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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