From the Archives: The Scientology Story
The Times’ series on Scientology ran in 1990 and gave a rare look at the church’s beliefs, practices and history.
What is Scientology? Not even the vast majority of Scientologists can fully answer the question.
The Church of Scientology today is run by a high-school dropout who grew up at the knee of the late L.
It began with the title of a fairy tale -- Snow White.
Scientology is determined that the words of L. Ron Hubbard shall live forever.
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.”
The church has adopted the terminology and trappings of traditional theologies. But the IRS is not convinced.
Testimonials of the famous are prominent in the church’s push for acceptability. John Travolta and Kirstie Alley are the current headliners.
Doris Braine says the transformation of her Patty Jo was heartbreaking.
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.
From politicians to the leaders of business, the courts and the media, the church works to win allies to smooth the way for expansion.
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.
Call it one of the most remarkable success stories in modern publishing history.
“Never treat a war like a skirmish. Treat all skirmishes like wars.” --L.
As part of its strategy, the movement created a nationwide uproar over the drug Ritalin, used to treat hyperactive children.
The Church of Scientology hates “squirrels.” That is the scornful word L.
Among its many adversaries, the Church of Scientology’s longest-running feud has been with the Internal Revenue Service.