Re: any exclusively online religions?

From: Richard Steven Hack (
Date: Sat Feb 23 2002 - 07:57:08 MST

At 08:32 PM 2/22/02 -0800, you wrote:

>--- wrote:
> > In a message dated 2/22/2002 12:43:31 PM Pacific
> > Standard Time,
> > ***Too bad...that would be the most entertaining
> > thing to see. Outside of
> > internet realms, it would be curious to know if
> > Scientology started out as a
> > serious religion ;-D
>Depends what you mean... if you are asking if L. Ron
>believed his own bs... probably not... or at least not
>at first.
>I am sure there were true believers right from the
>start, however.

Hubbard was in the 1940's a follower of the English magician Aleister
Crowley. Hubbard and Jack Parsons, one of the founders of the Jet
Propulsion Labs, were both Crowley followers, although Crowley apparently
thought little of them both. Hubbard ran off with Parsons' wife, and
Parsons blew himself up in a lab accident. See the book "L. Ron
Hubbard: Madman or Messiah" by his son and a former ranking Scientologist
whose name I forget. Hubbard believed SOME bull dookey, but not the stuff
he was spouting, which was initially lifted from Korzybski's General
Semantics and various Eastern and Western philosophies. It was very
profitable, tho - at one point he was pulling down probably $100 million a

Richard Steven Hack

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