Friday, June 02, 2006

Scientology and Mormonism

A click on the title of this post should take you to a Rolling Stone article on Scientology. Reading it reminds me a lot of Mormonism except that the origins of Scientology are even more recent and even more open to investigation. I get the feeling that Joseph Smith and L. Ron Hubbard would have gotten along famously. Perhaps as well as Dan Lafferty and Mark Hoffman allegedly get along in the Utah Penitentiary.

I don't know if I've mentioned it in the past, but it was an article on Scientology that opened my eyes to Mormonism. The parallels were striking and the utter ridiculousness of Scientology was so apparent to me that I wondered if Mormonism looked the same to an outsider. Furthermore, I wondered if Scientology was able to successfully control the knowledge that its member had of L. Ron, then I wondered if it was possible that the Mormons had done the same for Joseph Smith. I quickly realized that the parallels ran deeper than I thought and quickly realized that the Mormons, like Scientologists, were not a credible source for information about their own churches' histories or doctrines. Both are completely comfortable with lying, hiding, or distorting information in order to further their agendas. Both seem to feel that ethical behavior is defined as anything that will strengthen their churches.

Anyway, thanks L. Ron for helping me realize that Joseph Smith was just as ridiculous as you are.

Ouch, I think a thetan just bit me....

3 comments:

GuateMom said...

Wow, that scientology is crazier than I ever knew. If movies are such an evil for them, why do they recruit those movie stars who produce such evil? Hmm, I guess they want their money.

Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca said...

Really interesting article. I knew some of this stuff already, but not NEARLY all of it.

Chris said...

Scientology is indeed really crazy, and the Rolling Stone article is very wimpy about it.
Thanks for your post comparing the two. I had never really thought much about it, but they are very similar in many ways.I've been critical of both in the past, (and am the webmaster of www.lds-temple.org) - but never thought that much about the similarities. The secrecy, the blatant misrepresentation of the founder's qualifications, the unusual beleifs that you don't get to find out about till you're in very deep...and probably many others