|Dimensions||13.97 × 0.762 × 21.59 cm|
Massimo lntrovigne explores the ideas of the founder of Scientology on aesthetics and the arts, an important and rarely studied part of his religious worldview. He further discusses the influence Hubbard had on contemporary artists, whom lntrovigne interviewed in different countries. Hubbard wrote extensively about the visual arts and during the last part of his life, he came to what he described as a codification of the aesthetic theory, which included statements on communication, technique, perfection, color, and rhythm. Severa! well-known contemporary artists are themselves Scientologists, and have been inffuenced by Hubbard’s aesthetic ideas. They report how, through the courses they attended at Scientology’s Celebrity Centres, they learned Hubbard’s techniques of effective communication through art. Massimo lntrovigne, an Italian sociologist, is the managing diredor of CESNUR (Center for study of New Religions). For the last 40 years, he has been considered as one of the world’s leading scholars of new religious movements. Writing in El País, art critic Roberta Sosco called him “one of the leading world experts” of the intricate connections between Western esotericism, new religious movements, and modern art.