[quote=JoeyWarren]The “Church of Scientology” has it’s own Bible.
It’s Called “Dianetics”
I have only read on book by L. Ron Hubbard and that was “Battlefield Earth” Excellent 1100 page book of science fiction.
Yes, as I understand it, Hubbard started it as a joke. The book Dianetics he wrote in the '50’s which is a mix of science fiction and pop psychology of the time, which has largely been debunked by modern mental health, which is why Tom Cruise is so against psychiatry- for any of their teachings to hold water, you basically have to reject what we know about the brain, the mind, emotions, human development, mental health treatment, faith and moral development, etc.
The process they use to make you “clear” (enlightened, fully evolved, whatever) is called “auditing” which is a version of the out-dated Freudian psychoanalysis performed by “church members” who are trained in the methods of indoctrinating you into their belief system. This requires literally TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars in donations for different stages of “auditing” until you get to “clear.” One could easily expect to spend fifty to a hundred thousand dollars or more in the process.
Their teachings get so bizarre its almost as if Hubbard were seeing how for these poor saps would follow something that was simply absurd. I agree it is a cult, but it is also a tax shelter. They have battled the IRS for decades about tax exempt status. Word has it Hubbard lived on a yacht with young boys and would have people “bathe” him.
Oh, and it is VERY anti-Christian. Hubbard in the “deeper” teachings debunks Christ and just about any other religion that has some semblance of sense, but he had a particular aversion to Christ, and considered Satanist Aliester Crowley a good friend.
They start you off with the Dianetics book, then if you give them ANY hint of your existence, they will send you their magazine and call you on the phone (it has been 15 years since I read the book and they still send their magazine to my old address). The magazine is called “Celebrity” and they usually feature some “C” list enterntainer or musician on the cover. It’s usually filled with **** Hubbard wrote and have huge ads for different “cleansing” programs that you can go to that are in the most beautiful places, like Hawaii, etc (which you have to pay out the whazoo for) but all of that is to tempt you to come “join them” so to speak.
Joseph Smith and the magic salamander make more sense to me that this junk.