The founder of the Scientology movement was Lafayette Ron Hubbard who was well known as an ‘American science fiction author’.
When Hubbard published his bestseller book entitled ‘DIANETICS: The modern science of mental health’ in 1950, Hubbard’s theories had captured the public imagination and generated so much interest that many ‘Dianetics clubs’ were formed.
Hubbard established a nationwide network of Dianetics Research Foundations offering training for a fee and then in 1953, incorporated the Church of Scientology and the Church of American Science.
However, Hubbard’s methods were strongly criticized by scientific and medical professionals because Hubbard’s ‘claims are not supported by empirical evidence of the sort required for the establishment of scientific generalizations’.
The debate has continued over the years with one critic accusing Hubbard of being a spin doctor in an article entitled ‘The ultimate spin doctor: L Ron Hubbard – the man and his myth’.
In this article, the critic described Hubbard as ‘a man who was able to strongly and powerfully transfix his followers and seduce them into accepting his own fantastic delusions of grandeur…Scientologist have idolized and eulogized Mr Hubbard to the point of almost god-like status.’
August 1, 2008