Jon Atack: Is Scientology really a 'church'? - 2021-10-23

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F347.png Jon Atack: Is Scientology really a 'church'? October 23, 2021, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Perhaps no one understands the early history of Scientology like Jon Atack, author of one of the most famous books on the subject, 1990's 'A Piece of Blue Sky,' which was more recently expanded and re-released.

Today he takes a startling look at the crucial days in 1953 and 1954 when Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and a few of his top followers conspired to turn what had been the "modern science of mental health" (as Dianetics was subtitled) into a "church" of Scientology.

Atack shows how, through early corporation documents from that time, founder L. Ron Hubbard had actually set up a Christian church as an umbrella to shield Scientology from accusations that it was making bogus health claims. It's a stunning recitation of this history that we hadn't seen explained in this way before.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Jon Atack: Is Scientology really a 'church'? | url = | work = Underground Bunker | date = October 23, 2021 | accessdate = October 26, 2021 }}