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Scientology: The Science of Truth or the Art of Deception?

To some, Scientology is a bona fide religion based upon rigorous research and its doctrines are akin to universal scientific laws. But to others, including some former members, Scientology is a cult whose so-called doctrines are nothing more than ridiculous science-fiction stories invented by founder, L. Ron Hubbard. What is the truth about Scientology? Find out in this compelling documentary that takes you inside the walls of this controversial organization.

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  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 1 hr.

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To some, Scientology is a bona fide religion based upon rigorous research and its doctrines are akin to universal scientific laws. But to others, including some former members, Scientology is a cult whose so-called doctrines are nothing more than ridiculous science-fiction stories invented by founder, L. Ron Hubbard. They claim that the Church of Scientology financially defrauds and abuses its members, charging exorbitant fees for its dubious spiritual services and labeling anyone who objects as “suppressives.”

Although Scientology is controversial, it is recognized as a legitimate tax-exempt religious organization in the U.S. and in many other countries. However, countries including Great Britain, France, and Germany refuse to grant such status, citing evidence that Scientology's tenets are diametrically opposed to the values of democratic societies.

What is the truth about Scientology? Find out in this compelling documentary that takes you through the history and inside the walls of this controversial organization. Features interviews with current and former Scientologists in the U.S. and Europe, including members of the church’s leadership. Widescreen.

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Scientology: The Science of Truth or the Art of Deception? is a sobering documentary about the controversial religious organization. Why do some individuals and celebrities follow Scientology while other people accuse its leadership of false promises, theft, and abuse? Filmmkaer Rainer Fromm reveals the mental tricks and emotional manipulation used by Scientology to lure adherents and keep them in the fold, and dares to openly reveal the stated goals of Scientology--goals that even its most highest-profile advocates refuse to speak openly about. Revealing and disturbing, Scientology: The Science of Truth or the Art of Deception?,/i> is a must see.

This documentary by Dr. Rainer Fromm examines facts, claims, and assumptions concerning the cult religion of Scientology, which is most famous in the U.S. for having such celebrity members as Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Featuring interviews with Scientology leaders in America and Europe (especially Germany, where a large following exists), along with well-known ex-members and detractors, the documentary begins with a brief history of founder L. Ron Hubbard. Viewers learn some of the details about Hubbard's life, but the major emphasis here is on the science-fiction-ish underpinnings of Scientology's belief system, such as the assertion that humans are reincarnated from an ancient race of aliens—abandoned here and left to struggle, over many lifetimes, to attain spiritual superiority. The core of Scientology's practices—so-called "auditing" to identify burdens in our past lives—is examined, with some former adherents claiming that the process is no more than an exploration of false memories. Fromm also looks at a side operation of the church; Youth for Human Rights International, which helps lend respectability to the organization. Highlighting Scientology's caste system and on-the-record desire to eliminate opposing views, while also detailing stories of departing followers who were subject to harsh reprisals, this documentary offers a revealing and compelling look at a controversial quasi-religion. Highly recommended.

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