An eclectic and ingenious religious entrepreneur, Hubbard assembled a wide array of philosophical, occult, spiritual and science fiction elements, cobbling them together into a unique, new and surprisingly successful synthesis. In Hubbard’s religious bricolage, occult elements drawn from Crowley were indeed one important element, but neither more nor less important than the many others drawn from pop psychology, Eastern religions, science fiction and a host of goods available in the 1950s spiritual marketplace.
Subsections 008 & 009 - Digging up the original Hubbard-Is-Maitreya series wasn't enough. I had to harpoon that shit just a wee bit before I moved on.
So this is my new working theory: Scientology religious beliefs = pure propaganda.
This ^^^^^^ deserves a thread of its own, imho...