Scientology describes itself as a religion that was founded in the 1950s by L. Ron Hubbard. At the core of Scientology is a belief that each human has a reactive mind that responds to life’s traumas, clouding the analytic mind and keeping us from experiencing reality.
Xenu (/ˈziːnuː/), also called Xemu, was, according to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the dictator of the “Galactic Confederacy” who brought billions of his people to Earth (then known as “Teegeeack”) in DC-8-like spacecraft 75 million years ago, stacked them around volcanoes, and killed them with hydrogen bombs.
Ministers of the Church are authorized worldwide to conduct funerals , weddings and other rituals for adherents. Davis said Hubbard, who died in 1986, wrote several memorial services that communicate Scientology ideals and “celebrate the life of the person who has departed his body.”
The “worldwide spiritual headquarters” of the Church of Scientology is known as “Flag Land Base,” located in Clearwater, Florida.
While the whole program’s meant to rid people’s bodies of harmful toxins, there’s no rule in the Scientology handbook that says churchgoers can ‘t consume alcohol or cigarettes on a regular basis — you know, substances known to negatively affect the human body.
Celebrity Scientologists include: Kirstie Alley . Anne Archer. Jennifer Aspen. Catherine Bell. David Campbell. Nancy Cartwright. Kate Ceberano. Erika Christensen.
” Scientologists seek conventional medical treatment for medical conditions,” the church said in a statement. ” Scientologists use prescription drugs when physically ill and also rely on the advice and treatment of medical doctors .
The term is derived from the Greek letter Θ, theta, which in Scientology beliefs represents “the source of life, or life itself.” In Scientology it is believed that it is the thetan , not the central nervous system, which commands the body through communication points.
According to Ortega, Scientology’s numbers peaked in the early ’90s with roughly 100,000 members worldwide, but membership has recently dipped to about 20,000. (A Scientology spokesperson vigorously denies this, claiming the church has “millions of parishioners in 167 nations, a third of whom are in the U.S.”)