Kurt Van Gorden
Watchman Fellowship, Inc.
L. Ron Hubbard was a successful science fiction writer who published over 15,000,000 words between 1932 and 1950 under 20 pen names. Some critics believe that Hubbard may have predicted his forthcoming church. While speaking at a 1949 New Jersey science fiction convention, Hubbard reportedly stated, “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.”
Hubbard developed what he called a new science of the mind, psychology, philosophy, and religion. By claiming self-healing of internal and external wounds from WWII, Hubbard began promoting his research called Dianetics. It was first published in Astounding Science Fiction (May 1950). The book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, (Hermitage House, 1950), was simultaneously released that same month. Homespun Dianetic groups became a fad, which prompted Time magazine to observe that “a new cult” was smoldering in America.
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