The Fertile Mind of Phillip Bennett Wearne, an Early Scientology Apostate

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Abstract

Phillip Bennett Wearne exited the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International (HASI) in March 1963. Over the subsequent seven years before his death in March 1970, Wearne waged a one-man crusade against Scientology in Australia and abroad. His campaign led to an official government inquiry and anti-Scientology legislation in three Australian jurisdictions. This article examines the extensive documentation surrounding Wearne's exit from Scientology and subsequent campaign utilising insights from the socialogical study of contested-exits and apostasy from New Religions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference - Scientology in a scholarly perspective
EditorsChris Vonck
Place of PublicationBelgium
PublisherFaculty for Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism
Pages129-146
Number of pages18
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventScientology in a scholarly perspective - Faculty of Comparative Studies of Religions (FVG) – Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 24 Jan 201425 Jan 2014
http://www.isa-rc22.org/scientology-in-scholarly-perspective/ (Conference call for papers)

Publication series

NameActa Comparanda
PublisherFaculty for Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism
Volume4
ISSN (Print)0779-9853

Conference

ConferenceScientology in a scholarly perspective
CountryBelgium
CityAntwerp
Period24/01/1425/01/14
OtherCompared with other New Religious Movements, Scientology was largely ignored by religious studies scholars for decades. Following the groundbreaking work of Roy Wallis, The Road to Total Freedom (1976), and Harriet Whitehead, Renunciation and Reformulation (1987), one had to wait more than two decades for the next academic volumes on the Church to appear, Scientology (2009), edited by James R. Lewis, and The Church of Scientology (2011), by Hugh B. Urban. There are now positive signs that more and more researchers are involved in researching issues raised by various aspects of Scientology.

The Observatory thus feels it is time to hold a major international conference to bring this new scholarship to light. We seek to bring together researchers working on Scientology in the fields of theology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, literature, film et cetera, whether established academicians, doctoral students or masters students. This will be the first academic conference devoted exclusively to Scientology.
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    Doherty, B. (2017). The Fertile Mind of Phillip Bennett Wearne, an Early Scientology Apostate. In C. Vonck (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference - Scientology in a scholarly perspective (Vol. 4, pp. 129-146). (Acta Comparanda; Vol. 4). Faculty for Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism.