June 24, 1990 12 AM PT FacebookTwitterShow more sharing optionsShareClose extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied!Print The Times’ series on Scientology ran in 1990 and gave a rare look at the church’s beliefs, practices and history. Read more 1 California Defining the Theology What is Scientology? Not even the vast majority of Scientologists can fully answer the question. 2 California 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. 3 California Burglaries and Lies Paved a Path to Prison It began with the title of a fairy tale -- Snow White. 4 California Church Scriptures Get High-Tech Protection Scientology is determined that the words of L. Ron Hubbard shall live forever. 5 California 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.” 6 California Shoring Up Its Religious Profile The church has adopted the terminology and trappings of traditional theologies. But the IRS is not convinced.7 California The Courting of Celebrities Testimonials of the famous are prominent in the church’s push for acceptability. John Travolta and Kirstie Alley are the current headliners.8 California Defectors Recount Lives of Hard Work, Punishment Doris Braine says the transformation of her Patty Jo was heartbreaking. 9 California 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. 10 California Courting the Power Brokers From politicians to the leaders of business, the courts and the media, the church works to win allies to smooth the way for expansion.11 California 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. 12 California Costly Strategy Continues to Turn Out Bestsellers Call it one of the most remarkable success stories in modern publishing history. 13 California On the Offensive Against an Array of Suspected Foes “Never treat a war like a skirmish. Treat all skirmishes like wars.” --L. 14 California Suits, Protests Fuel a Campaign Against Psychiatry As part of its strategy, the movement created a nationwide uproar over the drug Ritalin, used to treat hyperactive children.15 California When the Doctrine Leaves the Church The Church of Scientology hates “squirrels.” That is the scornful word L. 16 California 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.