Roy Wallis

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Roy Wallis, (1945-1990[1]) was a sociologist and Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the Queen's University Belfast. He is mostly known for his creation of the seven signs that differentiate a religious congregation from a sectarian church, which he created while researching the Church of Scientology. He introduced the distinction between world-affirming and world-rejecting new religious movements.[2]

After publishing his book The Road to Total Freedom, an in-depth analysis of the sociology of Scientology, he was harassed by the church both legally and personally.[3][4] Forged letters, apparently from Wallis, were sent to his colleagues implicating him in various scandalous activities.[5]


Bibliography

  • Roy Wallis (1976) The Road to Total Freedom: A Sociological Analysis of Scientology London: Heinemann. ISBN 0-435-82916-5. US edition published 1977 by Columbia University Press, ISBN 0-231-04200-0
  • Roy Wallis (1984) The Elementary Forms of the New Religious Life London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. ISBN 0-7100-9890-1

References

  1. Content Pages of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Social Science
  2. Bromley, David NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Society edited by William H. Swatos, Jr. Editor [1]
  3. Roy Wallis's The Road to Total Freedom, page 218-219
  4. Roy Wallis (1977) "The Moral Career of the Research Project" in Colin Bell and Howard Newby (Eds) Doing Sociological Research London: Allen and Unwin. ISBN 0-02-902350-5
  5. Stewart Lamont (1986) Religion Inc.: The Church of Scientology London: Harrap. ISBN 0-245-54334-1. page 87

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