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From: kudwarf@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,alt.folklore.urban
Subject: Re: recent FAQ postings
Message-ID: <1991Sep16.023941.33586@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu>
Date: 16 Sep 91 02:39:41 CDT
References: <1991Sep11.043723.25441@cco.caltech.edu> <CHRISTIR.91Sep14211216@mentor.cc.purdue.edu> <1991Sep16.021003.2946@cco.caltech.edu>
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In article <1991Sep16.021003.2946@cco.caltech.edu>, bruce@cco.caltech.edu (Bruce James Bell) writes: > christir@mentor.cc.purdue.edu (Christi) writes: > >>In article <1991Sep11.043723.25441@cco.caltech.edu> bruce@cco.caltech.edu (Bruce James Bell) writes: > >> I would also like a list of references to books written by scientology >> survivors, skeptical researchers, etc. > >>what sort of books are you interested in? hubbard's son wrote one >>book along with bent corydon... there's also a book out by jon atack. >>the former is a bit slanted. it's more of an attack on the people >>than on their actions. i've been told that atack's book is very good. >>cooper's book is only so-so. some of her information is incorrect, >>which i found disappointing. > > I am interested in any book that would provide insight into the workings and > sociology of Scientology, whether a skeptical or scholarly type or > a true-confessions type. Highly slanted books are less desirable, but > could be interesting if only for the reaction of the person who wrote it. > > Also, an indication of how to find these books might be useful. I vaguely > remember reading that Scientologists like to find and destroy library books > that show them in a bad light, and there are a number of Scientology outlets > in the area where I live. Can anybody tell me if this is actually the > case (book vandalism) and provide references? I really hate to propagate > inaccurate information... > > I did read the recent article in Time and some of the (less recent) articles > in the LA Times (if you don't live in the LA area, you might want to see if > you can find them on microfilm at your local library). > > I am especially interested in any reliable information on how the Church > is shaping up not that LRH has retired to writing bad science-fiction > books :-) >

Unfortunately, LRH has already died a madman instead of continuing to live a madman. I presume you get the idea that because LRH continues to write books that he is quite alive? Actually, there are a number of reasons for books continuing to appear: [1] Scientology has found the human being that LRH has reincarnated into, and this person has been writing the books. Reincarnation has been accepted already by Scientology, and auditors regularly access pre- existence memories and engrams. [2] LRH's unfinished works really do number in the thousands, and Scientology is just finishing up all his earthly work in order for the next incarnation to be free of previous engrams. [3] LRH has gone to live with Elvis and Jim Morrison; Scientology has since discovered the location of this place and LRH continues to crank out the novels from there, getting occasional literary critique from Salmon Rushdie and John Lennon. [4] Scientology has hired a staff of writers to write books in his exact same style to promote either 1, 2, or 3. Any way you look at it, Scientology is still making big bucks off of his books, and making sure that they make even more money off them by buying their own books to get the books onto bestseller lists.

> Bruce J. Bell bruce@tybalt.caltech.edu

Leo Mauler kudwarf@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu

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