There have been a lot of terrible, yet interesting, things in the news this past week — politics, fires, court cases, and more. This week on the show, however, Lyle and I decided to go for a lighter subject. A few weeks ago, my wife and I watched the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. This, combined with Leah Remini being in the news lately discussing her new A&E show, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath were the impetus for this week’s discussion: Scientology. Click play and give it a listen.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Scientology, here’s an incredibly condensed rundown of the basics.
Scientology was created in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard, a former science fiction author. Before creating Scientology, Hubbard developed Dianetics, a book which would become one of the most influential texts in the religion. In 1952, Hubbard lost the rights to the book, but regained them within a year, just in time to recharter the now bankrupt Dianetics Foundation as Scientology.
Regarding the church’s doctrine:
“Scientology has no set dogma concerning God that it imposes on its members. As with all its tenets, Scientology does not ask individuals to accept anything on faith alone. Rather, as one’s level of spiritual awareness increases through participation in Scientology auditing and training, one attains his own certainty of every dynamic. Accordingly, only when the Seventh Dynamic (spiritual) is reached in its entirety will one discover and come to a full understanding of the Eighth Dynamic (infinity) and one’s relationship to the Supreme Being.”
It’s not until a member has been involved with the church for years that they learn the story of Xenu, the tyrant ruler of the Galactic Confederacy, more than 75 million years ago.
During the show, Lyle and I discuss the church’s doctrine, scandals, and celebrity ties. Listen to this episode. Click play. Let us know what you think, and thanks for tuning in.
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