The Scientology Comparative Theology Page
| Hubbard's Views on Religion,
Joe Harrington, 1997.
An essay by an ex-Scientologist with references from Hubbard's
earlier writings and taped lectures, including the Philadelphia
Doctorate Course. Contains references to general religion, Islam,
Escape from the Nightmare, "California Dreaming",
Andres T. Tapia.
Details Kieth and Shawn Scott's entry and exit from Scientology.
| About the Author,
Perry Scott, 1996.
Ex-Scientologist's experience with misleading Scientology
An Afternoon with Scientologists,
Michael Voytinsky, 1997.
Non-scientologist's experience with misleading Scientology recruiting
| Scientology 510(c)(3) Statement ,
United States Internal Revenue Service.
" ... as a practical matter Scientologists are expected to and
do become fully devoted to Scientology to the exclusion of other
| 'What was
[religion] a solution to?',
How Scientology audits out (deprograms) religious belief.
Pattinson First Amended Complaint,
Pattinson, 18 Aug 1998.
Scientology deprograms religious belief.
| 8th [God] Dynamic Sec[urity] Check,
from The L10 Rundown, 1962.
vs Other Faiths,
A study of "What is Scientology?", the Scientology "Catechism".
With Real Audio.
Scientology and Religion in General
Hubbard believed that religion was based on the implants from R6 (see
Advanced Technology ).
According to Hubbard, people throughout history have found pieces of
R6 and used them to control or enslave other people.
Thus, as a matter of Scientology doctrine, all religions are based on
abberations caused by the reactive mind.
The purpose of Scientology is to free us from the reactive mind and
thus by extension, all religions.
In this way, Scientology is diametrically opposed to religion. [Harrington]
Scientology believes that God exists, but goes on to say "As to
the form in which He exists, we do not know" ( Scientology: A
World Religion, p. 17: What is Scientology, p. 200). And although
Scientology does not know the EXACT form of God (i.e., the Supreme Being),
it does teach that there are "gods above other gods, and gods beyond the
gods of the universes" (Scientology 8-8008, p. 72). Scientology
also states that each thetan (person) "has as far as we can see in the
manufacture of energy, about the same capabilities as those which have been
assigned to the Supreme being in the universe" (Philadelphia Doctorate
Course#9, LRH). All of these views would be problematic for Christians,
especially when Scientology claims to be compatible with all religions.
These views are certainly not compatible with Christianity.
While incompatibility with other religions is common
among belief systems, the crucial difference is that Scientology
lies [Tapia] [Scott] [Voytinsky] to its new
recruits, saying they are compatible with all religions.
After extended discussion with two Scientology spokespersons, "compatible"
appears to apply to the cultural (but not spiritual) aspects of other
When queried on specific Hubbard directives that teaches against
"mixed practices", the references were denied as a "misunderstanding",
despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary [U.S. IRS] [Remedy BG]
[Pattinson] [8D Sec Check].
Throughout his writings, Hubbard was critical of organized religion in
general and Christianity in particular.
Hubbard appears to have gone out of his way in the upper-level lectures
to gratuitously denigrate God, Christianity, and the Roman Catholic Church
[Harrington] ["Hubbard Maligns Religion", below].
At the highest levels of Scientology, the adherent is expected
to renounce their previous faith [Remedy BG] [8D Sec Check] [Tapia].
A former OT-8 [Pattinson] has sworn an affidavit regarding how Scientology
attempted to forcibly deprogram his belief in Christianity.
Scientology is quick to claim religious persecution whenever someone
criticises their actions, scripture, or beliefs.
(As Hubbard surmised when he cloaked Scientology with religion,
exposing fraudulent business practices is good citizenship, while
criticising religious beliefs borders on bigotry.)
Scientology makes exaggerated accusations of others to divert attention
away from their own shortcomings.
Hubbard's own words taken in total show that Scientology's Founder and
by extension Scientology itself has no respect for any belief system
except its own.
Hubbard Maligns Religion
Note: to comply with the provisions of Fair Use, some of this
commentary errs on the side of tedium. Besides being opposed to
religious freedom, Scientology is apparently opposed to scholarly
freedom as well.
Hubbard on the Basis of Religion
These sequential passages are from History of Man by L. Ron
Hubbard, as reported in Advance #138. Note that a "thorough
checkout" on HOM is required to attain OT VIII, the highest level in
"THE HALVER: ...One of the processes thetans used on MEST
bodies was a half-light, half-black gun which shot out a wave. Half of
this wave, usually the black, hit the right side of the victim's body,
the other half, in the same explosion, usually the light side, hit the
left side of the victim. This had the effects of causing him to be two
- Hubbard had a fertile imagination and wrote science fiction prior to
writing Dianetics. It is difficult to decide whether passages like these
are a religious instruction or a science-fiction digression.
- In this passage, Hubbard describes a typical battle between thetans
[spirits] and normal "MEST bodies". Hubbard's MEST bodies are simply
the evolutionary hominid progression, prior to being inhabited by thetans.
Hubbard describes both a "theta" and "mest" source for incidents which
lie at the base of engram chains. According to Hubbard, mest incidents
such as The Halver were stored in the Genetic Entity at the cellular level.
When thetans began inhabiting MEST bodies, they picked up the Genetic
Entity engrams. Hubbard fails to explain why a thetan would choose to
inhabit a MEST body that the thetan had previously fouled with The Halver.
- The Halver ray-gun is typical of Hubbard's science fiction - fantastic
weapons with equally-fantastic effects. In this case, the ray-gun causes
the victim to think they were two people.
- These two people (black and white, good and evil) are common to
many Middle-Eastern religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
"The halver was rigged up with religious symbols and it truly lays in
religion. There is a devil on one side, a symbol carried in the light,
angels on the other side. Sometimes it was very fancy and was
complicated with dolls in the shape of nudes, angels, devils, strung on
wires to slide and dance."
- Here Hubbard claims that religion is "laid in", or is implanted
and are false memories. This theme is also used in the Xenu (Incident 2)
account, and R6 contains religious symbols which, according to Hubbard, are
the basis of Christianity. The intent of Scientology auditing is to
neutralize these implants. Thus, Scientology audits out the idea of
religion. In this respect, Scientology is not a religion; it is an
- Note that Hubbard states the devil is "a symbol carried in the
light". See also Magic and the Occult.
In other passages, Hubbard sides with the devil as well.
- The imbellishment of dolls is superfluous; this ray-gun that Hubbard
describes is very complicated indeed!
"It did terrible things to the victim: it gave him a conflict, one side
with the other, one being good: the other being bad. It gave him
sexual compulsion all mixed up with religious compulsion so that an
overdose of indulgence would send him to church sometimes into a life of
crime. It was a control factor used to keep the community fighting
- This "terrible thing" that Hubbard describes is sometimes called
a "conscience"; it's the inner voice that tells us right from wrong.
- One criticism of Scientology is that it progressively conditions
anti-social behavior. History of Man is one of the major texts of
Scientology, and here it is telling Scientologists that this conflict, this
conscience is a terrible thing and is used to put a person and community
against itself. Rather than being seen as a force of temperance and
balance, Scientology believes the conscience is a limiter, and must be
removed through auditing.
- Hubbard doesn't really explain how The Halver, being just a black
light and white light, could result in sexual and religious compulsions
in "MEST bodies" that lacked human intelligence. Religion is a fairly
recent anthropological development.
"The halver lies as a basic under sexual malpractice, under religious
fervour. It shows up in almost every preclear as being in chronic
restimulation. It is the one the auditor runs as an overt act when the
preclear has a sexual or religious motivator."
- Hubbard associates sexual malpractice with religious fervor. True
to his times, Hubbard had a fixation for sexual deviance.
- Hubbard instructs the auditor to look for The Halver if the preclear
(adept) is motivated by sex or religion.
"Remember that the restimulation of a motivator when one does an overt
act is not natural but a consequence of having a body and implants about
bodies. You will find some of this "you do wrong, you'll get it right
back" in the halver and similar incidents."
- Hubbard here professes the opposite of the Golden Rule - that "treat
others as you would have them treat you" is really just the result of an
implant. Again, some auditing will unburden the preclear (adept) of their
Hubbard on Faith
"There is no more over-rated quality in existence than faith.
"The subject who, under the hands of a hypnotist operator,
conceives an enormous agreement with the hypnotist, is experiencing
faith as it is commonly understood. In this state the subject can
perceive anything which the hypnotist may direct.", Scientology
8-8008 , L. Ron Hubbard, Faith-Distrust
- Hubbard views faith as being at the effect of someone. The
concept is foreign to Crowley's "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of
the Law.", which Hubbard followed throughout his life.
- Hubbard associates faith with mind control, in this case like
that of a hypnotist. This is consistent with Hubbard's view that
religion is based on abberations caused by the R6 implants.
Hubbard on Religion's Effectiveness
"Christianity and a million other -anities have struggled with this
problem [the identity between theta (spirit) and mest (the material
world)] and the result is a pot-pouri of answers, none of which
reconcile the problem." History of Man, p.39)
- Hubbard is saying that Christianity and other religions do not
adequately reconcile the relationship between spirit and the world.
Christianity scriptures are replete with references to "the flesh".
From what I know of Buddhism, Hubbard is incorrect on that account
- Araine Jackson's account of OT VIII
lists one of the steps as "reading History of Man and getting very
thoroughly checked out on it". In this case, "thoroughly checked out"
means understand and believe it to the satisfaction of the Case
Supervisor. To achieve OT VIII, one must believe that organized
religion cannot explain the relationship between spirit and the material
world, effectively renouncing them.
Hubbard on Religious Zeal
"Based on over a thousand hours of research auditing, analyzing the
facsimiles of the reactive mind, and with the help of a Mark V
Electrometer. It is scientific research and is not in any way based upon
the mere opinion of the researcher...The contents of this HCO bulletin
discover the apparent underlying impulses of religious zealotism and the
source of the religious mania which terrorized Earth over the ages and has
given religion the appearance of insanity."
HCOB 11 May, 1963.
- Hubbard's "research" is baseless.
Hubbard could not retrieve an engram [Dianetics
Doctrine], so the reactive mind is an unproven assertion.
Hubbard asserts that he performed "research", when in fact auditing
was only performed by True Believers whose opinion had ample
opportunity to color the results.
Therefore, "analyzing the facsimiles [images] of the reactive mind" for
"over a thousand hours" proves nothing, other than that Hubbard needlessly
repeated the same flawed experiments.
- Other passages from HCOB 11 May, 1963 can be found in
Hubbard Maligns Christianity.
Hubbard on Poverty
"It is all very well to idealise poverty and associate wisdom with
begging bowls, or virtue with low estate. However, those who have done
this (Buddhists, Christians, Communists and other fanatics) have dead
ended or are dead ending.", HCOPL 21 Jan 1965
- Hubbard contemptously lumps Buddhists and Christians in with
"Communists and other fanatics". Hubbard is a product of the 50s
McCarthyism that gripped the United States. Note the HCOPL was written
in 1965, the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- The ideals of poverty in Buddhism and Christianity are diametrically
opposed to Hubbard's "MAKE MONEY. MAKE MORE MONEY. GET OTHERS TO MAKE
MONEY.", HCO PL 9 Mar 72
- Hubbard misses the point of Buddhist and Christian poverty ideals.
In these disciplines, it is thought the pursuit of wealth diverts
attention away from spiritual illumination. Buddhists and Christians
use poverty as a means to seek the divine. Hubbard uses religion as a
means to make a million dollars.