Stephen Alan Kent

Stephen Alan Kent (* 1951/52) ist ein an der University of Alberta lehrender Soziologe und Religionswissenschaftler.

Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind neue religiöse Bewegungen und Devianz. Seit 1996 ist er nachweislich ein Kenner und Kritiker der Scientology-Kirche.
kentphoto.jpg 1997 berichtet er vor deutschen Regierungsbeamten über die Scientology-Bewegung.
Dafür wird er im Juni 1998 in der Zeitung „The Globe and Mail“ von den Scientologen angegriffen.



  • From Slogans to Mantras: Social Protest and Religious Conversion in the Late Vietnam Era. Syracuse University Press, 31. Oktober 2001, ISBN 978-0815629481.
  • Brainwashing Programs in The Family/Children of God, and Scientology. in Zablocki, Benjamin et al.: Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field, 2001, ISBN 0-8020-8188-6, 349-378

Bücher Kapitel

  • “New Religious Movements,” in The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Focus. Edited by Ted Hewitt. New York: Butterworths, 1993: 83-106.
  • (co-author with Charles Hobart). “Religion and Societies,” in Introduction to Sociology, 2nd Edition. Edited by David Pierce and Bill Meloff. Scarborough, Ontario: Nelson Canada (1994): 311-339.
  • (second author with Gordon Drever). “Gods From Afar,” in Edmonton: The Life of a City. Edited by Bob Hesketh and Frances Swyripa. Edmonton: NeWest Press (1995): 275-282.
  • “Brainwashing Programs in The Family/Children of God and Scientology.” in Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field. Edited by Benjamin Zablocki and Thomas Robbins. Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 2001: 349-378.
  • “Compelling Evidence: A Rejoinder to Lorne Dawson’s Chapter.” in Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field. Edited by Benjamin Zablocki and Thomas Robbins. Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 2001:401-411.
  • “Seven Thousand ‘Hand-Maids and Daughters of the Lord’: Lincolnshire and Cheshire Quaker Women’s Anti-Tithe Protests in Late Interregnum and Restoration England.” In Women, Gender and Radical Religion in Early Modern Europe. Edited by Sylvia Brown. Leiden: E.J. Brill: 2007: 65-96.
  • “Post World War II New Religious Movements in the West.” In The World’s Religions: Continuities and Transformations. 2nd Edition. Edited by Peter Clarke and Peter Beyer. New York: Routledge: 2008: 501-519 (forthcoming).


  • Valentinian Gnoticism and Classical Samkhya–A Thematic and Structural Comparison, Philosophy East and West 30 no.2 (April, 1980): 241-259.
  • Puritan Radicalism and the New Religious Organizations: Seventeen the Century England and Contemporary America, Comparative Social Research 10, (1987): 3-46.
  • Scientology's Relationship With Eastern Religious Traditions Berliner Dialog Heft 1-97
  • Lustful Prophet: A Psychosexual Historical Study of the Children of God's Leader, David Berg, Cultic Studies Journal Volume 11 No. 2 : 135-188, 1994
  • Misattribution and Social Control in the Children of God, Journal of Religion and Health. 33 No.1,: 29-43, 1994.
  • Brainwashing in Scientology's Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF), 1997
  • When Scholars Know Sin, Skeptic Magazine Vol. 6, No. 3, 1998.
  • The Globalization of Scientology, Religion 29, 1999: 147-169.
  • Clarifying Contentious Issues: A Rejoinder to Melton, Shupe, and Lewis Skeptic 7 No.1, 1999, 21-26.
  • Scientology – Is this a Religion? Marburg Journal of Religion, Volume 4, No. 1, 1999.
  • The Creation of 'Religious' Scientology, Religious Studies and Theology, 18 No. 2, 1999.
  • The French and German versus American Debate over 'New Religions', Scientology, and Human Rights, Marburg Journal of Religion, Volume 6, No. 1, 2001.
  • Exit Counseling and the Decline of Deprogramming., Cultic Studies Review 1 No.3, 2002.
  • Generational Revolt by the Adult Children of First-Generation Members of the Children of God/The Family, Cultic Studies Review 3 No. 1, 2004.
  • “Hollywood’s Celebrity-Lobbyists and the Clinton Administration’s American Foreign Policy Toward German Scientology.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 1 (Spring 2002) at
  • “Spiritual Kinship and New Religions.” Religious Studies and Theology 22 No. 1 (2003): 85-100.
  • “Scientology and the European Human Rights Debate: A Reply to Leisa Goodman, J. Gordon Melton, and the European Rehabilitation Project Force Study.” Marburg Journal of Religion 8 No. 1 (September 2003)
  • (co-author with Doni Whitsett). “Cults and Families.” Families in Society (October-December 2003):491-502; Reprinted in Cultic Studies Review 3 No. 2 (2004).
  • “’Early’ Sa-m.khya in the Buddhacarita,” Philosophy East and West 32 no. 3 (July 1982): 259-278; available at:
  • “‘Hand-Maids and Daughters of the Lord’: Quaker Women, Quaker Families, and Somerset’s Anti-Tithe Petition in 1659.” Quaker History 97 No. 1 (Spring 2008): 32-61.
  • “A Sectarian Interpretation of the Rise of Mahayana,” Religion 12 (1982): 311-322.
  • “A Matter of Principle: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy, Children, and Human Rights Debates.” Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 10 Issue 1 (2006): 7-29.
  • “Contemporary Uses of the Brainwashing Concept: 2000 to Mid-2007.” Cultic Studies Review 7 No. 2 (2008, forthcoming). 30pp.
  • “Deviance Labelling and Normative Strategies in the Canadian 'New Religions/Countercult' Debate,” Canadian Journal of Sociology 15 no.4 (1990): 393-416.
  • “Deviant Scriptualism and Ritual Satanic Abuse” Part Two: “Possible Mormon, Magick, and Pagan Influences.” Religion 23 no.4 (October 1993): 355-367.
  • “Diabolic Debates: A Reply to David Frankfurter and J. S. La Fontaine,” Religion 24 (1994): 361-378.
  • “Education and Re-education in Ideological Organizations and Their Implications for Children.” Cultic Studies Review 4 No. 2 (2005): 119-145.
  • “Mysticism, Quakerism, and Relative Deprivation: A Sociological Reply to R.A. Naulty,” Religion 19 (1989): 157-178.
  • “Narcissistic Fraud in the Ancient World: Lucian’s Account of Alexander of Abonuteichos and the Cult of Glycon.” Ancient Narrative 6 (2007): 77-99, 161.
  • “Psychological and Mystical Interpretations of Early Quakerism: William James and Rufus Jones,” Religion 17 (1987): 251-274.
  • “Psychology and Quaker Mysticism: The Legacy of William James and Rufus Jones,” Quaker History 76 no. 1 (Spring 1987): 1-17.
  • “Radical Rhetoric and Mystical Religion in America's Late Vietnam War Era.” Religion 23 no.1 (January 1993): 45-60.
  • “Deviant Scripturalism and Ritual Satanic Abuse. Part One: Possible Judeo-Christian Influences.” Religion 23 no.3 (July 1993): 229-241.
  • “Relative Deprivation and Resource Mobilization: A Study of Early Quakerism,” British Journal of Sociology 33 no. 4 (December 1982): 529-544.
  • “Scientific Evaluation of the Dangers Posed by Religious Groups: A Partial Model.” Cultic Studies Review 3 No. 2/3 (2004); 101-134; Revised Reprint in The New Religious Question: State Regulation or State Interference? Edited by Pauline Côté and Jeremy T. Gunn. Berlin: Peter Lang: 343-370.
  • “Slogan Chanters to Mantra Chanters: A Mertonian Deviance Analysis of Conversion to the Religious Organizations of the Early 1970s,” Sociological Analysis 49 no. 2 (1988): 104-118; Reprinted in Sights on the Sixties, edited by Barbara L. Tischler. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1992.
  • “The ‘Papist’ Charges Against the Interregnum Quakers,” Journal of Religious History 12 (1982): 180-190.
  • “The Quaker Ethic and the Fixed Price Policy: Max Weber and Beyond,” Sociological Inquiry 53 no.1 (February, 1983): 16-32; Revised Reprint in Time, Place, and Circumstance: Neo-Weberian Essays in Religion, Culture, and Society. Edited by William Swatos. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1990: 139-150, 198-201.
  • “Weber, Goethe, and the Nietzschean Allusion: Capturing the Source of the 'Iron Cage' Metaphor,” Sociological Analysis 44 no. 4 (Winter 1983): 297-319.
  • “Weber, Goethe, and William Penn: Themes of Marital Love,” Sociological Analysis 46 no. 3 (1985): 315-320.
  • (second author with Robert H. Cartwright). “Social Control in Alternative Religions: A Familial Perspective.” Sociological Analysis (Winter 1992): 345-361.
  • (with James Spickard). “The 'Other' Civil Religion and the Tradition of Radical Quaker Politics.” Journal of Church and State (Spring 1994): 301-315.
  • (with Theresa Krebs). “Academic Compromise in the Social Scientific Study of Alternative Religions.” Nova Religio 2 No.1 (October 1998): 44-54
  • (first author with Deana Hall). “Brainwashing and Re-Indoctrination Programs in the Children of God/The Family.” Cultic Studies Journal 17 (2000): 56-78.

Wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichungen

  • “Scientology in the United States.” in Wie umgehen mit Scientology? Ein internationaler Vergleich. Edited by Christian Koecke. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Interne Studie Nr. 152/1998. Sant Augustin, Germany (April 1998): 15-24.
  • “Scientology in Canada.”in Wie umgehen mit Scientology? Ein internationaler Vergleich. Edited by Christian Koecke. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Interne Studie Nr. 152/1998. Sant Augustin, Germany (April 1998): 25-31.
  • Gehirnwäsche im Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) der Scientology-Organisation. Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg [Germany], Behörde für Inneres–Arbeitsgruppe Scientology und Landeszentrale für politische Bildung. (October 2000): 72 pp.; in English as Brainwashing in Scientology’s Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF). Behörde für Inneres–Arbeitsgruppe Scientology und Landeszentrale für politische Bildung. (October 2000): 63 pp.

[edit] Popular press

  • “Zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Religionen und neuen religiosen Bewegungen.” Berliner Dialog Heft 2 (1998): 4-8.

Reviews - Interviews

  • Gordon Marshall, In Search of the Spirit of Capitalism: An Essay on Max Weber's Protestant Ethic Thesis. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 22 no.4 (December 1983): 388, 390.
  • E. Burke Rochford, Jr. Hare Krishna in America. Canadian Journal of Sociology 10 no. 3 (Summer 1987): 153-157.
  • Douglas Curran, In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space. Sociological Analysis 49 no.2 (1988): 197-198.
  • Randall Collins, Max Weber: A Skeleton Key. Sociological Analysis 49 no.3 (1988): 314-315.
  • Review of “The Sage Qualitative Research Methods Series: Vols.1-7.” Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 26: 848-852.
  • Miriam Williams, Heaven’s Harlots: My Fifteen Years as a Sacred Prostitute in the Children of God Cult. Nova Religio 3 No. 1 (1999): 163-167.
  • Rosemary Hamilton, Hellbent for Enlightenment: Sex, Power, and Death with a Notorious Master. Nova Religio 6 No. 1 (October 2002): 204-206.
  • James D. Chancellor, Life in The Family: An Oral History of the Children of God. Nova Religio 8 No. 1 ((July 2004): 108-112.
  • Roger O'Toole, Religion: Classic Sociological Approaches. Canadian Journal of Sociology 10, (1985): 322-324.
  • Said Arjomand, The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam: Religion, Political Order, and Societal Change in Shi'ite Iran from the Beginning to 1890. Sociological Analysis 47 no.4 (Winter 1987): 369-370.


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