Bare-Faced Messiah tells the extraordinary story of L. Ron Hubbard, a penniless science-fi ction writer who founded the Church of Scientology, became a millionaire prophet and convinced his adoring followers that he alone could save the world. According to his 'official' biography, Hubbard was an explorer, engineer, scientist, war hero and philosopher. But in the words of a Californian judge, he was schizophrenic, paranoid and a pathological liar. What is not in dispute is that Hubbard was one of the most bizarre characters of the twentieth century. Bare-Faced Messiah exposes the myths surrounding the fascinating and mysterious founder of the Church of Scientology - a man of hypnotic charm and limitless imagination - and provides the defi nitive account of how the notorious organisation was created.
Die Nichte des Scientology-Führers David Miscavige packt aus! Jenna Miscavige Hill, die Nichte des Nachfolgers von Scientology-Gründer L. Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige, wuchs als Scientologin auf, verließ die kontrovers diskutierte Organisation aber im Jahr 2005. In ihrer Biographie enthüllt sie die befremdlichen und verstörenden Details ihrer Kindheit. Sie gibt einen erschütternden Einblick in ihre Erfahrungen als Mitglied der Sea Organization, das Machtzentrum von Scientology, und legt die Überzeugungen, Rituale und Geheimnisse einer Organisation offen, die bereits Hollywood-Stars wie Tom Cruise und John Travolta in ihren Bann gezogen hat. Sie erzählt, wie sie von ihrer Familie abgeschirmt wurde, und berichtet schließlich auch von ihrer mutigen Entscheidung, mit Scientology endgültig zu brechen.
Die Sekte der Stars: Was Scientology so attraktiv und gefährlich macht Scientology ist eine der umstrittensten sogenannten neuen religiösen Bewegungen. In Deutschland wird die Organisation vom Verfassungsschutz beobachtet. Was aber macht Scientology immer wieder attraktiv für Menschen auch in Deutschland? Warum hat Scientology so große Anziehungskraft gerade auf Hollywood? In seinem neuen Buch begibt sich der Pulitzer-Preisträger Lawrence Wright (»Der Tod wird euch finden« über Al-Qaida) in das Herz von Scientology. Nach jahrelangen Recherchen im Umfeld der Organisation schildert er ihre Gründung durch den Science-Fiction-Autor L. Ron Hubbard, die bisweilen bizarr anmutenden Glaubensinhalte und die aggressiven Praktiken gegenüber Mitgliedern, Abtrünnigen und Kritikern. Seine Gespräche mit dem Filmregisseur und Ex-Mitglied Paul Haggis verschafften Wright tiefe Einblicke in die auffällig enge Beziehung gerade von Filmschaffenden – unter ihnen etwa Tom Cruise und John Travolta – zu Scientology.
Die Schauspielerin Leah Remini ist mit Scientology aufgewachsen. Da ihre Eltern dieser Sekte angehörten, wurde sie schon in ihrer frühen Kindheit indoktriniert. Auch auf ihrem harten Karriereweg – von der unbedeutenden Nebenrolle bis zum gefeierten Serienstar in King of Queens – wurde sie stets von Scientology begleitet. Als prominentes Mitglied der Sekte lernte sie auch Tom Cruise kennen und war sogar Gast auf dessen Hochzeit mit Katie Holmes. Vor einigen Jahren begann Remini aber, die kontroversen Aktionen und Repressionen von Scientology zu hinterfragen, und wurde so zum "Troublemaker". Dadurch war sie nicht nur Zielscheibe von Angriffen, sondern Scientology sah sie sogar als Bedrohung. Schließlich brach sie 2013 endgültig mit der Glaubensgemeinschaft und verlor dadurch auch den Kontakt zu vielen Freunden. Nun hat Remini ein Buch über diese Erlebnisse geschrieben und gibt unverfälschte und erschreckende Einblicke hinter die Kulissen von Scientology. In den USA schlug ihre Biografie große Wellen und avancierte dank der spannenden Story und der schockierenden Enthüllungen zum New York Times-Bestseller.
Grounded in extensive historical research, this eye-opening survey reveals the long-undervalued role secret societies have played in American history. • Based on scholarly research, this book appeals to both academics and the general public • Sheds light on familiar figures from American history • Includes photographs
This multidisciplinary study of Scientology examines the organization and the controversies around it through the lens of popular culture, referencing movies, television, print, and the Internet—an unusual perspective that will engage a wide range of readers and researchers. • Discusses Scientology within the framework of popular culture, which is how most people outside the religion come in contact with it • Approaches the study of Scientology from multiple viewpoints, enabling readers to have an informed, multicultural perspective on the religious group's beliefs and practices from which to form their own opinion • Presents information about Scientology derived from one of the largest university archive collections on the subject worldwide, with a number of documents never before having been referenced in scholarship
“A masterful piece of reporting . . . Reitman tells a spellbinding story of a larger-than-life personality whose quirks, ticks and charisma shaped America’s newest homegrown religious movement.” — Washington Post Scientology is known for its celebrity believers and its team of “volunteer ministers” at disaster sites such as the World Trade Center; its notably aggressive response to criticism or its attacks on psychiatry; its requirement that believers pay as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach the highest levels of salvation. But for all its notoriety, Scientology has remained America’s least understood new religion, even as it has been one of its most successful. Now Janet Reitman tells its riveting full story in the first objective modern history of Scientology, at last revealing the astonishing truth about life within the controversial religion for its members and ex-members. Based on five years of research, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is an utterly compelling work of nonfiction and the defining work on an elusive faith. “A meticulously researched history and revealing exposé, a frightening portrait of a religion that many find not just controversial, but dangerous.” — Boston Globe “This book is fearless.” — Wall Street Journal A New York Times Notable Book Amazon.com Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten of 2011
Have you ever wondered what happens to us when we die? What if you really HAD to know? When tragedy strikes the family of young Jobran Winter, he is forced to confront these questions directly. Undertaking a feverish "Quest," he explores various branches of Christianity; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Sikhism, as well as the religions of China and Japan. His search encompasses the New Age, Reincarnation, Spiritism and Psychical Research. Attending channeling sessions and sances, investigating haunted houses and Near-Death Experiences, he examines spiritual traditions ranging from Swedenborg to Scientology, from Jodo Shinshu to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Finally, the Quest brings him into direct contact with Hospice work; physical disability; child abandonment; abortion; suicide; euthanasia, and even cold-blooded murder. Encounter the doctrines of Purgatory & Predestination, Universalism & Annihilationism, as you journey in a novel that will make you reexamine your ideas about religion, skepticism, love, death and LIFE.
At last, _Up Through an Empty House of Stars_ brings together the best of the never before collected SF reviews and articles that helped build David Langford's towering reputation since 1980. Complementing the review columns collected in _The Complete Critical Assembly_ and the knockabout essays and squibs in _The Silence of the Langford_, this volume's 100 glittering selections mix serious critical insight with the inimitable Langford wit. In 2002 David Langford won his sixteenth Hugo award as Best Fan Writer, for critical and humorous commentary on SF. In the same year his occasionally scandalous SF newsletter _Ansible_ won its fifth Hugo. Langford also received the 2001 Hugo for best short story, and the 2002 Skylark Award. Here he shines a unique light on classics like Ernest Bramah, G.K. Chesterton, Robert Heinlein and Jack Vance, and analyses major SF -- and major clunkers, and minor eccentrics -- of the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, continuing to the latest by such current stars as Gene Wolfe and China Mi, ville. Plus witty asides on crime fiction and its SF links, gleeful examination of writing so bad it's almost good, and (even at his most serious) turns of phrase to make you laugh aloud
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Despised by the intellectual establishment, Ayn Rand continues to attract many thousands of devoted followers. Her "Objectivist" movement preaches an uncompromising hard line on politics, art, sex, and psychological health. Though much has been written about Rand, The Ayn Rand Cult is the first book to explain the true origin of her ideas and to show how they were shaped into a new, atheistic religion. Jeff Walker shatters many myths about Rand, exposing Objectivism as a classic cult, unusual because of its overt emphasis on self-interest, rationality, and atheism, but typical of cults in its guru-worship, thought control, trial and excommunication of deviants, and hostility to existing society.
Reading by Starlight explores the characteristics in the writing, marketing and reception of science fiction which distinguish it as a genre. Damien Broderick explores the postmodern self-referentiality of the sci-fi narrative, its intricate coded language and discursive `encyclopaedia'. He shows how, for perfect understanding, sci-fi readers must learn the codes of these imaginary worlds and vocabularies, all the time picking up references to texts by other writers. Reading by Starlight includes close readings of paradigmatic cyberpunk texts and writings by SF novelists and theorists including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Patrick Parrinder, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Varley, Roger Zelazny, William Gibson, Fredric Jameson and Samuel R. Delaney.
The Kingdom of the Occult delivers the timely followup to Dr. Martin's best-selling The Kingdom of the Cults This book takes Dr. Walter Martin's comprehensive knowledge and his dynamic teaching style and forges a strong weapon against the world of the Occult-a weapon of the same scope and power as his phenomenal thirty-five year bestseller, The Kingdom of the Cults (over 875,000 sold). Chapters include: Witchcraft and Wicca, Satanism, Pagan Religions, Tools of the Occult, Demon Possession and Exorcism, Spiritual Warfare, etc. Features include: Each chapter contains: Quick Facts; History; Case Studies; Theology; Resources
Time and Chance is the autobiography of Hugo, World Fantasy and SFWA Grand Master Award-winning author, L. Sprague de Camp. It is a fascinating insight into a man who began writing in the late 1930's and remained an active voice in the genre up until his death in the last year of the twentieth century, and who was a prime mover in the formation of the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy as we know them today.
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