Scientology and Past Lives: Was L. Ron Hubbard Actually Serious? - 2012-12-08
A funny thing happened on Thursday. We reviewed Vance Woodward's book, Addicted to Scientology, and noted that one of the more interesting things in it was Woodward's contention that a close reading of Scientology's foundational texts convinced him that L. Ron Hubbard thought of past-life therapy as a form of make-believe.
Scientologists, however, take very seriously the idea that when they go through "auditing" and bring up memories from millions or billions of years ago they are making use of an exact science and their memories are very real.
On the same day we brought up Woodward's doubts about that, over at Marty Rathbun's blog, the former church executive did something really remarkable: he surveyed his readership about this very issue.