The Scientology Story: Six-Part Series

June 24, 1990

Defining the Theology

What is Scientology?

June 24, 1990

The Man in Control

The Church of Scientology today is run by a high-school dropout who grew up at the knee of the late L. Ron Hubbard and wields power with the iron-fisted approach of his mentor.

June 24, 1990

Burglaries and Lies Paved a Path to Prison

It began with the title of a fairy tale -- Snow White.

June 24, 1990

Church Scriptures Get High-Tech Protection

Scientology is determined that the words of L. Ron Hubbard shall live forever.

June 25, 1990

Church Markets Its Gospel With High-Pressure Sales

Behind the religious trappings, the Church of Scientology is run like a lean, no-nonsense business in which potential members are called "prospects," "raw meat" and "bodies in the shop."

June 25, 1990

Shoring Up Its Religious Profile

Since its founding some 35 years ago by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology has worked hard to shore up its religious profile for the public, the courts and the Internal Revenue Service.

June 25, 1990

The Courting of Celebrities

The Church of Scientology uses celebrity spokesmen to endorse L. Ron Hubbard's teachings and give Scientology greater acceptability in mainstream America.

June 26, 1990

Defectors Recount Lives of Hard Work, Punishment

Doris Braine says the transformation of her Patty Jo was heartbreaking.

June 27, 1990

Church Seeks Influence in Schools, Business, Science

Emerging from years of internal strife and public scandal, the Scientology movement has embarked on a sweeping and sophisticated campaign to gain new influence in America.

June 27, 1990

Courting the Power Brokers

To create a favorable environment for Scientology's expansion, church executives are working to win allies among society's power brokers and opinion leaders.

June 27, 1990

Foundation Funds Provide Assist to Celebrated Teacher Escalante

The Scientology movement's Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education has befriended one of America's most celebrated teachers, Jaime Escalante of Garfield High School.

June 28, 1990

Costly Strategy Continues to Turn Out Bestsellers

Call it one of the most remarkable success stories in modern publishing history.

June 29, 1990

On the Offensive Against an Array of Suspected Foes

"Never treat a war like a skirmish. Treat all skirmishes like wars."   --L. Ron Hubbard

June 29, 1990

Suits, Protests Fuel a Campaign Against Psychiatry

In recent years, a national debate flared over Ritalin, a drug used for more than three decades to treat hyperactivity in children.

June 29, 1990

THE BATTLE WITH THE I.R.S.

When the Doctrine Leaves the Church

The Church of Scientology hates "squirrels."

June 29, 1990

THE BATTLE WITH THE I.R.S.

Neither Side Blinks in a Lengthy Feud

Among its many adversaries, the Church of Scientology's longest-running feud has been with the Internal Revenue Service. So far, neither combatant has blinked.

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