The Scientology Story

The Times' series on Scientology ran in 1990 and gave a rare look at the church's beliefs, practices and history.

Defining the Theology

The Man in Control

Burglaries and Lies Paved a Path to Prison

Church Scriptures Get High-Tech Protection

Church Markets Its Gospel With High-Pressure Sales

Shoring Up Its Religious Profile

The Courting of Celebrities

Defectors Recount Lives of Hard Work, Punishment

Church Seeks Influence in Schools, Business, Science

Courting the Power Brokers

Foundation Funds Provide Assist to Celebrated Teacher Escalante

Costly Strategy Continues to Turn Out Bestsellers

On the Offensive Against an Array of Suspected Foes

Suits, Protests Fuel a Campaign Against Psychiatry

When the Doctrine Leaves the Church

Neither Side Blinks in a Lengthy Feud