Here is a series of articles on Tom Cruise's publicity stunts on behalf of scientology, Sctientology beliefs, and press coverage of the religion. It has some good information on the bizarre nature of Scientology. As the author states Scientology is a more recent sci-fi version of Gnosticism where the body and creation is devalued and even made into an enemy and a convoluted myth concerning the origin of humanity and its purpose and nature replaces a creator and creature relationship.
The media attention on Cruise and his beliefs has been interesting to observe. While the incredulity concerning Scientology is welcome, it is revealing to see how squeamish any strongly held belief makes mainstream "liberal" Americans. I abhor Tom Cruise's beliefs (they are pagan and devilish). But what makes the media so uneasy is his dogmatic insistence on his beliefs. The media is just as uneasy with Christians who feel strongly about their creed.
Today's culture and elite cannot understand or fathom anyone or any group that has a deep and strongly held faith. The prevailing attitude is skepticism and cynicism. Doubt and uncertainty about eternal matters is the only comprehensible outlook. This skeptic's mindset gives rise to people like Cruise who get entrapped in Scientology and other religions. An attitude which destroys every belief, every stability, every tradition lays waste to the soul of a people and culture. When this emptiness really takes root, people find they cannot live with it and they latch onto something (Scientology, money, alcohol drugs, sex) to fill that hollowness.