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  1. Introduction.
    1. What Scientology is.
    2. The philosophy's common intersection of celebrity and culture clashed.
  2. The exact tenants of Scientology.
  3. Complex philosophy and focus on mental clarity.
  4. The exposure of the Xenu origin story.
  5. Scientology's secrets and scandals - exposed by sites like clambake.org.
  6. Weathering criticism.
  7. Conclusion.

What is Scientology? The answer is as simple or as complex as the one asking and the one answering wants to make it. Since its creation in 1952, Scientology has been seen by some as a religion, others as a cult, still others as a joke. Is it, as its creator L. Rob Hubbard asserted, a philosophy? Or is it just an extension of Hubbard's career as a science fiction writer? Either way, more than 50 years later Scientology continues to be at the center of a heated debate of what defines religion, celebrity, cults, man's origins and exploitation. As recently as last month, the debate over Scientology flared up in Europe as the philosophy's common intersection of celebrity and culture clashed. Actor Tom Cruise's ties to Scientology came into conflict with Germany's criticism on the group, which it sees as a cult.

[...] "Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Green and Power." Time, May http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,972865,00.html. Behar, Richard. "The Scientologists and Me." Time, May http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,972886,00.html. Beit-Hallahmi, Benjamin. "Scientology: Religion or racket?" Marburg Journal of Religion 8 (2003). Cieply, Michael, and Mark Landler. "Plot Thickens in a Tom Cruise Film, Long Before the Cameras Begin to Roll." The New York Times, June B1 Corydon, Bent. L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman. Fort Lee: Barricade Books Fleming, Michael. "Inside Move: 'South Park' feeling some celeb heat?." Variety, March http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117939918.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. [...]


[...] Petersburg (Fla.) Times found that eight members of the Church of Scientology had died in Clearwater since 1980. four of those deaths,? wrote Lucy Morgan, the reporter on the story. ?Like (Lisa) McPherson's, relatives or law enforcement officials suspect that the church's health regimen or its opposition to psychiatric care precluded appropriate medical care.?[xvii] It's the death of McPherson, a 36-year-old who died in 1995 which has brought great scrutiny on the church. She was pronounced dead due to dehydration and malnutrition while under the care of the church. [...]


[...] "Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Green and Power." Time, May http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,972865,00.html. [xii] Behar, Richard. "The Scientologists and Me." Time, May http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,972886,00.html. [xiii] Ash, Brian. The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: Harmony [xiv] Beit-Hallahmi. Asimov, Nanette. ""Scientology link to public schools"." The San Francisco Chronicle, June [xvi] Woosley, Leigh. "Case for the Cure." Tulsa World, November D. [xvii] Morgan, Lucy. "For some Scientologists, pilgrimage has been fatal." St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, December A1. [xviii] Morgan. [xix] Cieply. Works Cited Ash, Brian. [...]

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