L. Ron Hubbard defines religion for you skeptical non-Xenu believers - 2019-04-14
Rod Keller has the week off, and we're grateful to Rasha for coming through in the meantime by sending us the new issues of Impact and International Scientology News. Today, we'll look at a couple of choice items from the former.
In the movie Going Clear, Lawrence Wright asks a great question: "How do you define a religion? It's not so easy." And in the case of Scientology, it's a little tricky since in the 'Assists' lecture of 1968 Hubbard essentially shat all over the world's religions, saying in particular, "There was no Christ."
In Scientology, you are a fallen god, a mighty thetan who has been pranked by evil psychiatrists to forget your omnipresent powers. Scientologists worship their own potential selves, not "God," (although they hold Hubbard in extreme esteem, he is not considered a deity). So, when Hubbard wants to get all churchy, as he does in this 1976 essay, he has to be a little coy about his own previous statements.