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Lecture 22

RELS 161 Lecture 22: Scientology and Raëlianism

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Queen's University
Religious Studies
RELS 161
Ian Alexander Cuthbertson

Scientology and Ralianism Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:32 PM Scientology: The birth of a religion Scientology became a religion on February 18, 1954 Founder: L. Ron Hubbard (19111986) o Best known as a writer of adventure and science fiction stories o Hubbard led an interesting and adventurefilled life o Adventurer, amateur anthropologist, navy officer, writer o Hubbards own biography as evidence of his charisma o Accounts have been disputed Rapid growth: o 1954 New Zealand o 1957 South Africa o 1958 France o Denmark o Sweden o Germany o Italy Organized evangelization promotion Central (official) Beliefs Practices Dianetics (1950) Reactive mind stores harmful memories Auditing: Preclears speak with a trained scientologist to clear their reactive mind Electropsychometer is a tool in the auditing process Thetan neither body nor intellect o Can exist apart from the body and his existed apart from the body (exteriorization reincarnation) Eight dynamics o Self o Family o Groups o Humanity o All living things o MEST (Matter, Energy, Space, and Time) o Spiritual Self Xenu Controversy Began only a decade after its initial founding 1964 FDA seized Scientology emeters and documents o Eight years later emeter declared authentic religious artifact
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