Scientology: the debate continues

Ruth GledhillRuth Gledhill, the Religion Correspondent of the Times newspaper very generously joined us for two hours on Tuesday’s programme on Scientology. Here’s her blog of the experience. Thanks Ruth! And if you missed it don’t forget you can download the podcast.

7 Responses to “Scientology: the debate continues”

  1. May 27, 2009 at 17:02

    There lads,am galdful to have this rationale time to write you once again,the word scientology is conceptualised as process of exercising an allien spirit according to wekipedia dictionry in otherword it is a belief to a demonic and evil acts ,”I have sought,” Lowry [the main character] argues, “to show that demons and devils were invented to allow some cunning member of the tribe to gain control of his fellows by the process of inventing something for them to fear and then offering to act as interpreter” to my point of veiw is the meaning of sceintology,
    Interesting detail: An excerpt from George Malko’s “Scientology: The Now Religion” (1970), in which he himself quotes a passage from Hubbard’s novel “Fear” (1951 that is what i have known about scientology,
    by makoi majok, researcher of Deveolpment studies in Africa;

  2. May 28, 2009 at 06:12

    Scientology is a waste of your time and your money.
    Talk to a teacher, counsellor or wiser friend and I am certain they will all direct you to resources with far higher success rates, if any, than scientology.
    If you don’t believe me read up on scientology by doing Google or Wikipedia searches. Or ask your librarian to help you research the pros and cons of scientology.
    In the 1970s scientology was denied membership to the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews.
    Ask yourself why people with university degrees and working in professions outside of show business aren’t advertised as being aligned with scientology. IT’S BECAUSE THEY KNOW BETTER.

  3. 3 Dennis Junior
    May 28, 2009 at 18:27

    I think that this church needs to be investigated…And, yes. …It is waste of time and of course (Money)…..

    ~Dennis Junior~

  4. May 28, 2009 at 18:56

    I was always right from the start that the affair was a fraud. When it began being called a religion I was comforted in my opinion. From what i heard later i realized it was in fact a very dangerous organization.
    I is astounding that they have been operating freely in the open for so long.
    It is hard time it should be stopped altogether.

  5. May 28, 2009 at 22:56

    Scientology as I understand it is about the individual becoming “clear” about the negativity that afflicts him or her and seeing that as a hangover from present or previous lives. The church offers various methods of achieving this benign state of clarity. Intellectually and spiritually speaking, I do not see a problem with this as long as the individual is intelligent enough to know what is involved and deciding on its benefits or otherwise. I see no more reason to investigate this church than the Roman Catholic church which has many secrets locked away in The Vatican vaults. Its curious that an organisation that believes in spiritual past lives does not seem to recognise a ruler of those spiritual lives. Presumably those spirits merely inhabit a void before entering humans and exiting them in due course? Interesting theological position which is probably the better discussion to have than the usual flatfoot-linked angst. Personally, I am a strong believer in The Ruler Of The Universe or as he or she is also known The God Of A Thousand Names.

    • 6 Charless
      May 31, 2009 at 18:48

      Not a terribly enlightening broadcast – at times dominated by the fear of litigation. Scientology is a product of the ‘self-help’ era, the idea that there’s a ‘technology ‘ that can ‘transform your life.’ I’ve attended a couple of their courses and they’re just dogmatic memorise the L. Ron Hubbard text sessions coupled with various superficial psychological exercises such as staring into another person eyes for 15 minutes.

      This is not mind control. Just hold out the promise of an easy path to happiness and see how many people come running. It’s stupid and cynical but we live in a very stupid and cynical society.

      Scientology is a mirror for society and its lack of belief in anything – maybe that’s why we either persecute it for no clear reason or just let it espouse its nonsensical philosphy without criticism (as in this pointless program).

  6. 7 Luci Smith
    May 31, 2009 at 10:48

    Being a person who does not like sects, I abhor this group, too. Maybe it is like Mike says, because I have a University education, maybe because one of my friends was a member of a sect once back in Dallas when we were teenagers. Back then, I saw how they were all about ripping people off – stealing their money. As a result, I make certain not to spend my money on anything that supports sects. Recently I was supposed to go to a jazz concert but when I googled the headliner and realized that he was a member of Scientology, I stayed at home.

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