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Sources for the Study of
Scientology: Presentations
and Reflections

Dorthe Refslund Christensen


Introduction to the Source Material and Its Usage

The amount of material on Dianetics and Scientology is extensive, to say the least. This material is composed of books by L. Ron Hubbard (including basic books on Dianetics and Scientology philosophy and technology, technical bulletins, a technical dictionary, and bulletins on Hubbard’s management technology); compilations of his works; taped lectures; auditor training materials (books, tapes, films, and portfolios); course packages; booklets; a large number of magazines and annuals; and video recordings of the major annual events such as the L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Celebration Event and the May 9th Event (anniversary of the publication of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, [D M S M H]). In this chapter, I will provide an introduction to two different types of Scientology material. I have prioritized books by their importance and provide thorough presentations of the Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology, the basic books of Dianetics (eleven) and Scientology (fifteen), and a few additional books (seven). I shall furthermore present an overview analysis of the video recordings of two major annual events from 1986 and forward. Finally, I will briefly cover Scientology periodicals, magazines, booklets, and pamphlets.

This prioritization means I am leaving out taped lectures by Hubbard (there is another world out there!) and course packages used in the auditor training including the training films. In future research, this material will have to be included in order for the ritual practice of Scientology to be satisfyingly analyzed. I am also leaving out all periodicals, magazines, booklets, pamphlets, films, flyers, and so forth published by the Church. This kind of material typically

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