Jon Atack: Did L. Ron Hubbard want to be considered a god? - 2014-07-31
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than a year on Saturdays he helped us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. He was kind enough to send us a new post.
Jon, we told you we'd be interested in your thoughts about a recent item by former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun. At his blog, Rathbun pointed out that there are multiple accounts of the life of Jesus, not only within the books of the New Testament but also in alternative texts that were edited out of the Bible. But Scientology, he points out, doesn't allow alternative views. Its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, went to great lengths to make sure that only his take on things was considered "source" and couldn't be altered.
And Rathbun says that Hubbard enforced that fundamentalist view by suggesting that he had "descended to earth in human form in order to deliver its people from evil."