Scientology A New Religion
professor of religion and culture
renison college, university of waterloo
waterloo, ontario, canada


I have been teaching in Religious Studies for more than twenty-five years. At Renison College, University of Waterloo, I regularly teach courses on the Religious Quest, The Study of Religion, The History of Christian Thought, and Interreligious Encounter and Dialogue that employ the comparative, historical, and sociological methods common to the academic study of religion. I also teach courses from time to time on Religion and Politics, Religion and Literature, Religion and Film, and I have lectured in the course on Sects, Cults, and New Religious Movements. I have also taught graduate courses on Christianity and World Religions.

I am a long-standing member of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, the American Academy of Religion, the Canadian Theological Society, the Society for Values in Higher Education, the Royal Asiatic Society, and the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies. I have served as a Consultant to major international and interreligious conferences including the Assembly of the World's Religions (1985, 1990, 1992).

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