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Scientology

Scientology has been back in the headlines again. They have been making great play of the fact that one of the BBC reporters lost his cool and had a shouting match with one of their goons. Now I am a little unsure of what they actually believe. What I find most interesting is that there is no mention of god on the “about us” pages of their website. While buried in the search results you can find the following.

Does Scientology have a concept of God?

Most definitely. Scientology affirms the existence of a Supreme Being, although its dogma is unique and does not include the worship of one. Scientology believes that only through total spiritual enlightenment can one then truly discover and understand the Supreme Being.”

Given how main stream Christian most US opinion seems to be how is it that these views seem to be flourishing so well and prospering.

OMG just been watching a video on US police and how they have been bought out by the cult. It looks like the local police of Clear Water have become a department of Scientology. Now this is scary stuff. Only in America.

Is it a dark and dangerous cult as suggested by well… most people? Is certainly looks that way. Have read of the case of Lisa McPherson. Apparently even killing someone is not enough to get your thrown out of town if you have enough money.

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BBC’s John Sweeney shouting at Tommy. Quite frankly he deserves a medal for not decking the freaky black suited goon.
Scientology is not Science interesting round of off ideas of scientology. The cult tried to have this site shut down but it fought back and lives.

Xenutv an interesting website looking at Scientology and its dodgy dealings. There is a great intro to Scientology on their blog.

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It is probably just a coincidence but I have stumbled on quite a few blogs recently all attacking basic evolution theory. Take this one for instance . Now, I don’t know a great deal about the author other than he is clearly a very clever and intelligent person. He wrote (or at least adapted) a phpbb script which prevents spam bots from signing up to your boards. This alone was worth its weight in gold to me and has done what many other scripts failed to do. So how can such a clever, intelligent person believe what he believes what he believes. He constantly quotes scripture and takes it deadly seriously. He mixes New Testament with old and clearly holds each to be as important as the other. He even promotes loving homosexuals (err in a purely Christian way!) Yet he clearly and firmly believed in the literal truth of the Noah myths and other mythological stories from the Old Testament. Yet this clever individual is quite happy to promote stuff that he clearly knows is erroneous or correct. In a post on An Evolution Conversation with My Father he promoted the usual myth of ‘throw the bible / Shakespeare up in the air and marvel that it lands in a manner that makes sense’. This is a tactic that Jehovah witnesses have tried to push on me several times on my door step. They know it is disingenuous and I am sure that every preacher who uses this argument knows that it is dishonest. The problem and the solution can be seen here

If you have not read this article then it is well worth a look. 15 Answers to Creationists Nonsense.

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