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Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles

Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles

(dpa files) - The entrance to the headquarters of the controversial Scientology church in Los Angeles, USA, March 1998. The US science fiction writer Lafayette Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) published in 1950 a book titled 'Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health'. In 1952 he renamed Dianetics as the Church of Scientology, which was based on this book and his fiction. As part of his religion Hubbart developed a psychoanalytic therapy which was rejected by the medical authorities as totally inadequate. Hubbard based treatment courses on this, which he charged members of Scientology to undergo. After problems with the law forced Hubbard to move his headquarters to Britain, he declared Scientology a religion. Scientologists believe that each human was once a Thetan - a godlike being who gave up its power to enter the material universe. Through their religion, a huma
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