New Directions in the Study of Scientology - Transcript


  • David Robertson Open University / Religious Studies Project
  • Carole M. Cusack
  • Stephen Gregg
  • Aled Thomas



Scientology, religious studies


Recorded 19 November 2018. Transcribed by Helen Bradstock.

Author Biography

David Robertson, Open University / Religious Studies Project

David G. Robertson is Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Religious Studies Project and a committee member of the British Association for the Study of Religion. He has published widely on new religions, millennialism, conspiracy theories and critical theory. He is the author of UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism (Bloomsbury, 201He recently guest-edited a special issue of Nova Religio and is the co-editor of After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies (Routledge 2016).


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Cannane, Steve. 2016. Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia. Sydney: HarperCollins.

Gregg, Stephen and George Chryssides. 2016. “‘The silent majority?’: understanding apostate testimony beyond ‘insider/outsider’ binaries in the study of new religions.” In Visioning New and Minority Religions: Projecting the Future, edited by Eugene V. Gallagher, 20–32. Abingdon: Routledge.

ABC TV. 1992. Nightline with Ted Koppel and David Miscavige.

Robertson, David G. 2017 “Hermeneutics of Suspicion: Scientology and Conspiracism.” In Handbook of Scientology, edited by James R. Lewis and Kjersti Hellesøy, 300–318. Leiden: Brill.

Urban, Hugh B. 2011. The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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How to Cite

Robertson, D., Cusack, C. M., Gregg, S., & Thomas, A. (2021). New Directions in the Study of Scientology - Transcript. Implicit Religion, 23(2), 89–101.



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