What are the origins of Scientology?

Why are so many celebrities taking it up?

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    The Church of Scientology presents itself as a religious non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of the human spirit and providing counseling and rehabilitation programs. Church spokespeople claim that Hubbard's teachings (called "Technology" or "tech" in Scientology terminology) have saved them from addictions, arthritis, depression, learning disabilities, mental illness, cancer, homosexuality[7][8] and other perceived problems. There is something in there that is attracting celebreties...but who knows what is attracting them. I am sure tho that there are as many famous people that are Catholic, Baptist, etc but it is just not a widely publicised fact.

    The Church of Scientology has consistently sought to recruit artists and entertainers, particularly Hollywood celebrities. The Church runs special recruitment facilities for public figures designated Celebrity Centres. They can be found in Hollywood, New York City, Nashville, Las Vegas, London, Paris, Dallas, and Vienna, though Hollywood is the largest and most important. Scientologists give this description:

    L. Ron Hubbard recognized the importance of the artist to society. Thus he created Celebrity Centre International — a Church of Scientology that specializes in delivering Dianetics and Scientology services to celebrities, professionals, leaders and promising new-comers in the fields of the arts, sports, management and government.

    These sites are not celebrity-exclusive. They offer Scientology courses to non-celebrities, and courses start at the most basic beginner levels. At the Celebrity Centre, or simply CC as most Scientologists refer to it, it is possible to run into one of the few Scientology celebrities, but it is mostly full of non-famous people.

    Publicity has been generated by Scientologists in the entertainment industry such as John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Jenna Elfman, Kirstie Alley, Catherine Bell, Leah Remini, Beck Hansen, Chick Corea, Isaac Hayes, Juliette Lewis, James Packer, Doug E. Fresh, Greta Van Susteren, Judy Norton Taylor, Tom Cruise, and Cruise's converted fiancée Katie Holmes.

    Although today associated almost exclusively with Hubbard's work, "Scientology" was originally coined by philologist Alan Upward in 1907 as a synonym for "pseudoscience". [1][46] In 1934, the Argentine-German writer Anastasius Nordenholz published a book using the word positively: Scientologie, Wissenschaft von der Beschaffenheit und der Tauglichkeit des Wissens ("Scientology, Science of the Constitution and Usefulness of Knowledge"). [3] Nordenholz's book is a study of consciousness, and its usage of the word is not greatly different from Hubbard's definition, "knowing how to know".[47] However, it is not clear to what extent Hubbard was aware of these earlier uses. The word itself is a pairing of the Latin word scientia ("knowledge", "skill"), which comes from the verb scire ("to know"), and the Greek λογος lógos ("reason" or "inward thought" or "logic" or "an account of").

    "Scientology would be a study of knowledge," Hubbard stated in 1952.[48] In the 1965 edition of Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought, he added, "Scientology is that branch of psychology which treats or (embraces) human ability. It is an extension of Dianetics which is in itself an extension of old-time faculty-psychology of 400 years ago." In 1960 L. Ron Hubbard redefined Scientology as: "a religion by its basic tenets, practice, historical background and by the definition of the word “religion” itself." [49] In 1969 he wrote that "It is fundamentally an applied religious philosophy."[50].

    Immediately prior to his first Dianetics publications, Hubbard was involved with occultist Jack Parsons in performing rites developed by Aleister Crowley[51]. In a 1952 lecture, Hubbard praised Crowley's works and referred to him as "my very good friend". [4] Some investigators have noted similarities in Hubbard's writings to the doctrines of Crowley, [5] though the Church of Scientology currently denies any such connection. An influence that Hubbard did acknowledge is the system of General Semantics developed by Alfred Korzybski in the 1930s. [6] Scientology also reflects the influence of the Hindu concept of karma, as well as the less metaphysical theories of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and William Sargant.

    In a lecture given on July 19, 1962 entitled "The E-meter", Hubbard said:

    "So Suzie and I went down to the library, and we started hauling books out and looking for words. And we finally found 'scio' and we find 'ology'. And there was the founding of that word. Now, that word had been used to some degree before. There had been some thought of this. Actually the earliest studies on these didn't have any name to them until a little bit along the line and then I called it anything you could think of. But we found that this word Scientology, you see—and it could have been any other word that had also been used—was the best-fitted word for exactly what we wanted."

    The current Church of Scientology writes, "The word Scientology literally means 'the study of truth.' It comes from the Latin word 'scio' meaning 'knowing in the fullest sense of the word' and the Greek word 'logos' meaning 'study of.'"[52

    A Church of Scientology was first incorporated in Camden, New Jersey as a non-profit organization in 1953. Today's Church of Scientology was established in 1954. It forms the center of a complex worldwide network of corporations dedicated to the promotion of L. Ron Hubbard's philosophies in all areas of life. This includes:

    Drug treatment centers (Narconon);

    Criminal rehabilitation programs (Criminon);

    Activities to reform the field of mental health (Citizens Commission on Human Rights);

    Projects to implement Hubbard's educational methods in schools (Applied Scholastics);

    A "moral values" campaign (The Way to Happiness);

    A political action committee, (Citizens for Social Reform) to promote social programs with legislators at the US federal and state levels;

    World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, or WISE, which licenses Hubbard's management techniques for use in businesses;

    A consulting firm based on Hubbard's management techniques (Sterling Management Systems);

    A publishing company, e-Republic, which publishes Government Technology and Converge magazines and coordinates the Center for Digital Government;

    A campaign directed to world leaders, as well as the general public, to implement the 1948 United Nations document "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights" (with particular emphasis on the religious freedom elements).

    An organization dedicated to bettering plant and animal life on Earth that applies Scientology tools, such as "The Dynamics"

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    4 years ago

    Origins Of Scientology

  • 1 decade ago

    L. Ron Hubbard, a renown science fiction novelist, created scientology. He pretty much just made the whole thing up which is very beleivable since he is a writer and all. As for celebrities signing up I think there all bat **** insane personally, but it also costs alot of money to join. In order to learn more about the religion and move up in "rank" you have to pay the church. If you want to learn more you can look it up on wikipedia. All religions have an origin of life story somewhere in there literature. Scientology's origin of life story is so absolutely ridiculous you might crap yourself in amazement. I urge you to look it up and spread the word. Those guys are nuts.

  • 1 decade ago

    L. Ron Hubbard found Scientology (sort of) in 1952.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    that is a collection of people who got here up with an theory the thanks to make the most human beings and change into wealthy. that's something yet a faith. that is an unique club mind washing those who're retarded adequate to trust each and everything they're promised and able to be financially and psychologically exploited. purely look at each and each and every of the so referred to as celebs who became individuals, one extra stupid than the different, crowned by employing Presley's widow.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Plain and simple it is science fiction. L.Ron was a science fiction writer who took matters far enough to develop a religion.

  • 1 decade ago

    What is Scientology?

    “Scientology is a system of beliefs and practices created by American pulp fiction[1][2] and science fiction [3] author L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 as a self-help philosophy.”

    http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/scientology

    See here for a critic’s view:

    http://www.clambake.org/roland-intro.html

    See here for scientology’s own view:

    http://www.scientology.org/en_US/religion/index.ht...

    Scientology is considered a religion in some countries, a profitable organisation in others, and in some it is considered a cult whose practises have been banned. For example, the US gives Scientology tax exempt status, whereas Germany and Belgium have called it a “totalitarian cult” and a “commercial enterprise”. France in 1995 classified it as a dangerous cult. The UK refused charitable status in 1999. Russia has a pending court trial over their refusal to register scientology as a religion.

    I personally believe scientology to be a dangerous cult that lies to and tricks adherents into believing they are improving themselves and the world around them, while they are for the most part doing the exact opposite. It is made up of good people with good intentions that have been unfortunately deceived just because they do want to help others and themselves live better lives. It appeals to a person’s good intentions, and therein lies the trap.

    It seems to have been set up to make money, and indeed they have been very successful at it – although the money is all at the top and not with the actual people delivering the services. Indeed Hubbard is quoted as saying "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion"

    http://www.skeptictank.org/readdig.htm

    What do they believe?

    Scientologists’ beliefs differ depending on how long they have been in the church, as the higher levels are considered secret and even dangerous to the initiated or unprepared. This is part of why I believe it to be a cult, it hides its true teachings from new members in order to gain & keep adherents.

    Scientologists believe that L Ron Hubbard came up with the only workable technology/practises/teachings to help and unlock mankind’s potential. It is believed that by taking part in scientology auditing and learning all the various ‘tech’ a person will become more capable, becoming firstly a ‘Clear’ and then an ‘OT’. Various spurious claims have been made about the state of a ‘clear’ and ‘OT’ amongst which are immunity to illness, removal of physical ailments, perfect memory, increased IQ, increased health & fitness (and thus longevity), and then moving on to the more strange such as being able to exteriorse at will (out of body experiences) and control of MEST (ability to change matter, energy, space and time at will). Needless to say scientology has never successfully demonstrated any of the claims they make about their ‘tech’.

    Scientologists believe:

    - Man has an immortal soul called a thetan.

    - You have a primitive reactive mind which is the source of much of man's problems, which collects "engrams" from traumatic times or when you are unconscious.

    - A lot of physical illnesses/problems are psychosomatic caused by "Engrams".

    - You can 'audit' engrams out and this will solve your issues and clear up your health. They also believe it makes you a more intelligent, aware and reasoned individual.

    - Reincarnation and the ability to know these past lives and get to more engrams this way.

    - Paying lots of money to scientology for there tech, courses, and auditing.

    - Getting more people into scientology so they too can become ‘clear’ and thus save the world…

    If they have got to OTIII, then the belief changes slightly.

    - The universe is quadrillions years old.

    - Xenu the Intergalactic Space Lord ruled a confederation of overpopulated planets.

    - Xenu took a load of these aliens from each planet and brought them to earth.

    - They were then exploded in volcanoes 75 million yrs ago.

    - Their souls were then caught on ribbons and taken to implant stations, where Xenu brainwashed & confused them so they wouldn't leave the planet. This includes implanting all the world religions.

    - These Alien souls called Body Thetans have attached to humans, and are infact the real cause of your problems and why you get and retain engrams...

    - You audit these body thetans out by auditing there engrams and taking them back to the Xenu incidents I & II.

    - People have jaw aches from when they were a clam in human evolution....hence the name of the main critical site Operation Clambake.

    http://www.clambake.org/

    http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/xenu

    What do they do?

    Take classes,

    Read Hubbards’ books,

    Have auditing done,

    Promote scientology,

    Perform auditing on others,

    Pay lots of money to scientology

    Attending some services.

    Lots are staff members, and perform a variety of duties ranging from administration, to sales, to management, to performing criminal activity – normally to silence a critic, and much more. It is a large complex organisation.

    How are they different to other religions?

    The church often claims it is unjustly persecuted, and to show such files normally countless of libels every year and other such court cases to silence criticism; no other religion hounds and harasses its critics. I believe that scientology is different from other religions, the main one being that potential members are lied to when they start. See below, under ‘Why it is often described as a cult’ for all the reasons.

    Why are they often described as a cult?

    They lie to members to gain and keep them.

    Try to find the story of Xenu at the scientology site for example.

    They say it has been thoroughly researched using the scientific method when it hasn’t.

    http://www.clambake.org/archive/techniques/

    http://www.clambake.org/archive/lrhbare/

    They hound and harass critics:

    http://www.suppressiveperson.org/

    They use mind control techniques: http://www.freedomofmind.com/resourcecenter/groups...

    They limit outside information via censoring, condemning it the work of criminals, as well as via disconnection with family.

    http://www.clambake.org/archive/events/censorship/

    http://www.xenu.net/archive/infopack/15.htm

    More on similar stuff here:

    http://www.clambake.org/archive/co_pls.html

    For some in-depth research I recommend reading some books written by ex-members.

    http://www.clambake.org/archive/books

    "Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious...It is corrupt sinister and dangerous. It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit and has its real objective money and power for Mr. Hubbard... It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestionably and to those who criticize it or oppose it. It is dangerous because it is out to capture people and to indoctrinate and brainwash them so they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living, and relationships with others."

    Justice Latey, ruling in the High Court of London:

    http://www.clambake.org/archive/judge_quotes.html

    Here you can see scientologists in action:

    http://www.xenutv.com/

    http://www.clambake.org/

    http://www.wikipedia.org/

    http://www.scientology.org/

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