Christian Science Church and its founder Mary Baker Eddy findings are shown in blue, Church of Scientology (CoS) and its founder L Ron Hubbard findings are shown in red.
CS: a diary kept by Calvin Frye, a household servant of Mrs. Eddy, reveals that she was addicted to morphine , despite Christian Science anti-medicine teachings (Note 1)
CoS: Hubbard took “pinks and greys” (Note 2) and died with Vistaril in his blood (Note 3) despite CoS anti-psych-drug teachings
CS: Mrs. Eddy developed symptoms of paranoia, claiming that her enemies were attempting to attack her with “malicious animal magnetism (Note 1)
CoS:Hubbard was paranoid about body thetans (Note 4).
Hubbard was, and CoS is, obsessed about the so-called psych conspiracy to enslave mankind. (Note 5)
CS:Mrs. Eddy "sued a former associate for using malicious animal magnetism to inflict 'great suffering of body and mind and spinal pains and neuralgia and a temporary suspension of mind' on one of her followers. " (Note 1)
CoS: may be the most litigious so-called religious group in history. (Note 6)
CS: Mrs. Eddy "plagiarized material from many sources, particularly Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin" (Note 1) Mary Baker Eddy was a patient of ("the father of mental healing, New England clockmaker Phineas Parkhurst Quimby") and was accused of having founded Christian Science on the basis of one of his unpublished manuscripts (Note 8 )
CoS: Hubbard plagiarized most of his so-called “tech.” (Note 7)
OBSESSED WITH FANCY BUILDINGS WHICH DON’T PULL IN NEW MEMBERS:
CS: The Christian Scientists built the immense “Mother Church” in Boston which apes St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and St. Paul’s in London. (Note 8) Yet membership continues to decline (see two graphs in Note 1)
CoS renovates “Ideal Orgs” and celebrates their openings with fevered celebrations starring David Miscavige. Although CoS hides its true active membership numbers, reports of empty or near-empty org parking lots tell the truth about declining enrollment.
UNPROVABLE CURE CLAIMS WHILE MEMBERS SUFFER ILL HEALTH: Both claimed their techniques would cure disease.
CS: But Christian Scientists actually have shorter lives. (Note 1)
CoS: ex-Scientologists have reported Sea Org workers encouraged to "audit away" cancer, following the bloated claims of Hubbard''s Dianetics book (Note 9) with tragic results. Many Scientologists, especially Sea Org workers, have died in their fifites, not their seventies and eighties like the average person in the US and Europe.
STARTED AS A "SCIENCE" BUT BECAME A RELIGION FOR LEGAL PRIVILEGES AND PUBLIC RELATIONS:
CS: "The development of Scientology resembles that of Christian Science. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder, claimed to deal with the development of human personality in a scientific way. Persecution, defections and associated lawsuits threatened to destroy what Mrs. Eddy saw as her contribution to the Welfare of humanity. So she took advantage of the legal privileges extended to religion by obtaining a formal charter for her Church of Christ (Scientist) in 1879 (Note 10)"
CoS: Scientology "began not as a religion but as a self-help therapy...This reconceptualization from psychotherapy to religion afforded Scientology a few distinct advantages: (1) protection against government regulation (with respect to Hubbard’s quasi-medical claims); (2) immunity from liability against claims of fraud; and (3) the monetary benefits of the tax exemption. (Note 11)
AN "INSTANT CAREER" WITHOUT COLLEGE OR APPRENTICESHIP, OR EVEN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION:
CS:"Christian Science practitioners are certified by the church... Their training is a two-week, 12-lesson course.(Note 8)"
CoS: Similar time frame and profitability (to the Church) training happens in Scientology: "The Church of Scientology offers a "Minister's Course" to its members... After two weeks of training, Scientology ministers wear dog collars and the Scientology cross and conduct Sunday services, weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals. (Note 12)"
"After three weeks of intensive training with Scientologists in Houston, he became certified (as an auditor) Note 13"
IRRATIONAL FEAR OF ASPIRIN:
CS: is anti-aspirin(Note 14) , and
CoS: so is Scientology (Note 15)
CS and CoS MEMBERS, EVEN LEADERS, NOT SUPPOSED TO DISCUSS AND ANALYZE THEIR RELIGION:
CS: her belief... underlings cannot improve upon those explanations, and... “they shall make no explanatory remarks”(Note 16)
CoS: course supervisors...are forbidden to explain or amplify Hubbard’s material. They can only direct the PC what to read(Note 16)
Trained as Christian Science practitioners, "Bruce and John Klingbeil, despondent that their attempt to scientifically prove the value of prayer was not appreciated by the First Church of Christ, Scientist and others, bought two shotguns and killed themselves..."(Note 17)
However, it's likely that the CS Church members only ousted, shunned and verbally criticized the Klingbeils. This is a much milder response than CoS, which adds in legal and physical danger, and has an entire Wikipedia article: Fair Game (Scientology).(Note 18)
REALITY IS ILLUSION:
CS: ...reality is purely spiritual and the material world an illusion...(Note 8 )
CoS: The universe has no independent reality, but derives its apparent reality from the fact that most thetans agree it exists.(Note 19) Also: Hubbard regularly claimed in various ways that a person’s idea of reality is itself reality, always.
DISEASE IS A MENTAL THING:
CS: disease is a mental error rather than physical disorder, ...the sick should be treated, not by medicine, but by... prayer... to correct the beliefs responsible for the illusion of ill health.(Note 8 )
CoS: Chapter 5 of DMSMH, Psychosomatic Illness, asserted "The problem of psychosomatic illness is entirely embraced by Dianetics, and by Dianetic technique such illness has been eradicated entirely in every case. About 70 percent of the physician's current roster of diseases fall in the category of psychosomatic illness."(Note 20)
EDDY AND HUBBARD BOTH THE FINAL WORD:
CS: Eddy's philosophy was dogmatic and sectarian... she saw her views as a final revelation.(Note 8 )
CoS: Scientology as little more than a protective shell intended to preserve the genius of Hubbard's unalterable works. (Note 21)
EVIL THOUGHTS CAN KILL:
CS: ...her idea of malicious animal magnetism (that people can be harmed by the bad thoughts of others), introducing an element of fear (Note 8 )
CoS: George Felos...related an incident in his book, Litigation as Spiritual Practice, which reveals his ability to "kill with a thought" (Note 22) Also, CoS members fear the presence or friendship with a "Suppressive Person" can make them ill.
PRAYING IS A KIND OF MAGIC TO RAISE YOURSELF OVER MATTER:
CS: There is no appeal to a personal god in Christian Science prayer. The process involves the Scientist engaging in a silent argument with herself to affirm the unreality of matter (Note 8 )
CoS: There also is no appeal to a personal god in Scientology. In the upper OT levels, the student most self-audits. OT III promises: "Once complete, a being is free of the whole track overwhelm that has trapped him. Here he confronts and eradicates the fourth dynamic engram that has plagued this universe for millennia." (Note 23) (My comment: Fourth dynamic is species, which is our real existence as humans) CoS also has "The Seventh Dynamic is life source. This is separate from the physical universe and is the source of life itself."
THE RELIGIOUS TEACHING IS INFALLIBLE:
CS: It is a closed system of thought, viewed as infallible if performed correctly; healing confirms the power of Truth, but its absence derives from the failure, specifically the bad thoughts, of individuals.(Note 8 )
CoS: Scientology is infallible and any failure is due to its students not performing it correctly - the usual blame is "overts and withholds" (Note 19)
CS: "Eddyism" was regularly referred to as a cult; one of the first uses of the modern sense of the word was in A. H. Barrington's Anti-Christian Cults (1898), a book about Spiritualism, Theosophy and Christian Science.(Note 8 )
CoS: The Church of Scientology shows many cult-like characteristics (Note 24)
$$$ FROM TRAINING, ROYALTIES AND BOOK COPYRIGHTS:
CS: Mary Baker Eddy made a lot of money training people to become Christian Science practitioners, demanded her student practitioners pay her royalties, and guarded her book copyrights.(Note 8 )
CoS: The Church of Scientology does all these.
ANECDOTES, NOT REAL RESEARCH:
CS: The Christian Science Journal and Christian Science Sentinel publish anecdotal healing testimonies...no negative accounts are published (Note 8 )
CoS regularly publishes anecdotes about "wins," and no negative accounts are published.
NO CRITICISM ALLOWED:
CS... has been accused at times of silencing internal criticism by firing staff, delisting practitioners and excommunicating members (Note 8 )
CoS: does all of these things.
MAKE THINGS TRUE WITH YOUR MIND:
CS: "Mary Baker Eddy pushed the postulates of positive thinking to their absolute limit. She did not merely teach that wishes will come true, but that wishes are true.(Note 8 )
CoS: "Wishes are true" = Postulate: To wish into existence; a supposed OT super-power along the lines of Tone 40 and Intention, qv. "David postulates that the Psyches will all be destroyed by the year 2000; our program of dead-agenting them will make his postulate stick." (Note 25)
STARING AS RELIGIOUS TRAINING:
CS: "She turned to the student at the end of the first row of seats and took direct mental cognizance of this one, plainly knocked at the door of this individual consciousness. It was as if a question had been asked and answered and a benediction given. Then her eyes rested on the next in order and the same recognition was made. This continued until each member of the class had received the same mental cognizance. No audible word voiced the purely mental contact." (Note 8 )
CoS: Training routines require lengthy eye contact (Note 26).
Note 1 : A skeptic looks at Christian Science, by Jeffrey Shallit at http://skepticreport.com/sr/?p=197
From http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/OTIII/bts-or-dts.txtArmstrong, told me, (Bent Corydon) among other things, of a letter to his third wife, Mary Sue when Hubbard was in Las Palmas during 1967 at the inception of the Sea Org. This letter is now in custody of the court. In it Hubbard tells his wife: "I'm drinking lots of rum and popping pinks and greys."
Note 3: http://www.xenu.net/archive/hubbardcoroner/
From http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/OTIII/bts-or-dts.txtI was advised by Richard Aznaran, Sinar Parman and Annie Breeder [Broeker?] that Hubbard was an unhandled PTS III when he died. According to Sinar Parman [LRH's personal manservant], Hubbard was a psychopathic insane person screaming about BT's and clusters at the top of his lungs.
Note 5: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_and_psychiatry . Please refer to Wikipedia's footnotes in all Wikipedia references.
Note 6: http://www.xenu.net/archive/CourtFiles/
Note 7: The Hubbard Is Bare by Jeff Jacobsen
Note 8: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Science . Includes a Mother Church photo
Note 9 : repeated claims in the book Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health.
Note 10: http://www.uniset.ca/other/cs6/154CLR120.html
Note 11: IRS Scientology "Thirty Years War" - Village Voice Legal Expert Argues "Treaty" Is Unconstitutional, Forbes, July 14, 2012, http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreill ... itutional/
Note 12: http://home.snafu.de/tilman/j/general.html
Note 13: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/poli ... n-of-islam
Note 14: Book review of fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1062 ... rmothergod
Note 15: Aspirin may prevent many cancers, but CoS is anti-aspirin, viewtopic.php?f=9&t=61130
Note 16: BUNKER SPECIAL: David Touretzky on L. Ron Hubbard, Mark Twain, and Mary Baker Eddy, Jan. 1, 2014, by Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, http://tonyortega.org/2014/01/01/bunker ... more-12396
Note 17: The Day (newspaper) May 17, 1993, http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1 ... 33,3468152
Note 18: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Game_(Scientology)
(Note 19) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology
(Note 20) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_cl ... y_doctrine
(Note 21) http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
(Note 22) http://searchable.openedhost.com/look/S ... odG0=_blog
(Note 23) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_Thetan
(Note 24) http://leavingscientology.wordpress.com ... %E2%80%A6/
(Note 25) http://www.xenu-directory.net/glossary/ ... #Postulate
(Note 26) Scientology Starts Out as Staring Contests, interview of Claire
Headley by Tony Ortega, Mar. 12, 2013, http://tonyortega.org/2013/03/12/scient ... -contests/