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What Scientology Tells Us About How Religions Begin

Lawrence Wright’s recent book on the history of Scientology is an immensely important document for studying how religions begin. While much of it fills the reader with the amusement or horror of a colossal fraud—and a fraud which consciously sought out the money and influence of celebrities—Wright is also honest enough to include sections like the following, where he summarizes a Franciscan friar who has testified in court on behalf of Scientology. 1,194 more words


With delightful music and dance, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is now at the Hollywood Pantages

The moving story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life and love – FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – is currently on a three-week engagement at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre (until May 5, 2019). 344 more words



A decade or two ago, I read that at some point during the birthing process, oxytocin (the “love hormone”) is released into a mother’s system and that chemical causes her to bond with the infant. 571 more words