Thursday, March 30, 2006

Inside Scientology

Very interesting article from The Rolling Stone. It talks about the religion known as scientology.

If anyone stumbles across this who is into scientology,post a comment or e-mail me about it, and I will post your comments. I'm interested in your reaction to a piece like this. But who am I kidding...Only like 3 or 4 catholics read this on a less than weekly basis.
Click here for the article.

[update]If you were the person who asked the question in the comment box, please note that I responded to that question in the comment box as well.


Anonymous said...

it must've been insulting for a catholic reading that article because, i just noticed, that they are being (constantly) compared to the church of scientology. any thoughts on that??

Seminarian said...

Thanks for posting.

Due to the length of the article, I didn't have time to finish reading it, but I did a word scan for references to Catholicism and only found 2 references.

First off, in general, I'm not insulted because most readers of this article are not aware of scientology practice and belief, and therefore the writer (and those he interviewed) needed to develop some sort of analogy. Since most people are at least familiar with certain practices of catholicism (like the reference to confession) it is helpful for the writer to use this to teach his audience.

The other reference had to do with "witholding knowledge." The writer was not saying the Catholic church was like scientology in that it witholds knowledge. Rather he was saying if the Catholic church did this, then it would be like scientology. The Catholic Church does not withold information 'necessery' for salvation. (In fact 'knowledge' isn't even really required for salvation at all according to the Catholic Church)

So, based on this article, I'm not insulted.

Seminarian said...

your post however seems to hint that there might be other sources comparing Catholicism to scientology. If this is the case and you know some of the comparisons I could respond to that as well.

Anonymous said...

Well, to be fair, the article compares scientology to various religions. The most interesting part to me was the biographical part on the founder.

In his 1983 autobiography, Over My Shoulder: Reflections on a Science Fiction Era, the sci-fi writer Lloyd Eshbach describes meeting Hubbard in the late 1940s. "I'd like to start a religion," Eshbach recalls Hubbard saying. "That's where the money is."

Historically, these types of religions have been a staple of various societies, especially ones like ours that bends over backwards to supports an individual's rights in "subjective truth":

LRH says, 'What is true for you is what you observe to be true.' So I'm not here to tell you that Scientology is the way, or that these are the answers. You decide what is true."

Seminarian said...

Interesting post 915 anon. I thought that quote by LRH was interesting also. Nice observation about mainstream american relativism.

Anonymous said...

from another anon :

THe catholoic church withholding knowledge analogy does hold true of the early catholic church. not the modern catholic church, and maybe not the modern scientology after it has been around a couple thousand years.

Seminarian said...

In what way did the early Catholic Church withold knowledge?

C S said...

Have you ever come across Father Bryce Sibley's accounts of his encounters with scientologists? Its rather an enlightening and amusing read. His blog which he sadly stopped writing awhile back is A Saintly Salmagundi, it's awesome. I still have a link to it on my blog.