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Old 05-04-2007, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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Just curious what you think about Scientology as a religion. Not what they believe but how it came about. L. Ron Hubbard was a popular science fiction writer, turned self help guru. Then all of a sudden he's the founder of a religion whose "doctrine" (for lack of a better word) was written as a self help guide. So what do you think? Have any other religions started this way?

 
Old 05-04-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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Have any other religions started this way?
This is the most unique beginning for a religion I've ever heard of. Apparently L. Ron Hubbard made a comment when he was younger "If you really want to get rich all you have to do is invent a religion" or words to that effect and that's exactly what he did. I see it as a cult and I understand they can get pretty tough on people who oppose them. I don't know how some of these actors like John Travolta get mixed up in something like this. It just seems like a ridiculous sham.
 
Old 05-04-2007, 05:14 PM
 
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Uhhhh religion? NO...absolutely NOT
Cult...Yes, that is more like it
I know it is popular, but popular doesn't make it kosher
 
Old 05-04-2007, 05:20 PM
 
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It's actually not that much crazier than the big 3, if you really think about it.

Think about it!
 
Old 05-04-2007, 06:11 PM
 
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Oh, my I actually agree with the Montana Guy on something. It is not a religion.
 
Old 05-04-2007, 06:14 PM
 
Location: N.Y.C.
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lol def. not aliens are not god
 
Old 05-04-2007, 06:15 PM
 
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No. Not a religion. I mean, c'mon...aliens?
 
Old 05-04-2007, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Well, if you look at the definition of religion, yes I believe Scientology is a religion:

re·li·gion /rɪˈlɪdʒən/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[ri-lij-uhn] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
3. the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
4. the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
5. the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
6. something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
7. religions, Archaic. religious rites.
8. Archaic. strict faithfulness; devotion: a religion to one's vow
 
Old 05-04-2007, 07:21 PM
 
Location: southern california
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anything to do with crazy tom cruise has got to be a lie.
 
Old 05-04-2007, 07:22 PM
 
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anything to do with crazy tom cruise has got to be a lie.
Well crazy or not he's cute and I like him in movies.
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