BUNKER SPECIAL: David Touretzky on L. Ron Hubbard, Mark Twain, and Mary Baker Eddy - 2014-01-01

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F347.png BUNKER SPECIAL: David Touretzky on L. Ron Hubbard, Mark Twain, and Mary Baker Eddy January 1, 2014, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

We're starting off the new year with a special treat. One of the all-time most important scholars of Scientology is Carnegie Mellon University professor David Touretzky, who, among other things, provided crucial support for early users of the Internet who wanted to post and maintain information about the church and its alleged abuses.

We've mentioned Professor Touretzky often in these pages, and now we're thrilled that he has written for us a piece that examines the way that decades before L. Ron Hubbard came along, another church leader had figured out an effective method of control that Hubbard himself would adopt. And what's more, one person who sussed out this technique was none other than author Mark Twain. Take it away, Dave...

People unfamiliar with cults are apt to confuse Scientology with Christian Science, the religious healing movement founded by Mary Baker Eddy. In 1899 Mark Twain published a critical examination of Christian Science, and this and several other essays on the topic were collected in his 1907 book of the same name. As Twain was the original gonzo journalist, his takedown of Mrs. Eddy's "cult" (his term) remains an amusing read.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = BUNKER SPECIAL: David Touretzky on L. Ron Hubbard, Mark Twain, and Mary Baker Eddy | url = https://tonyortega.org/2014/01/01/bunker-special-david-touretzky-on-l-ron-hubbard-mark-twain-and-mary-baker-eddy/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = January 1, 2014 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}