The Fundamentals of Scientology
Scientology, as a religion, has been helped out by the endorsement of major Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Cruise, a role model for so many, has been awarded the Freedom Medal of Valor from the International Association of Scientologists, a feat that not many others have managed to accomplish. What does this mean for supporters? Cruise has a massive following and is a role model to thousands of people around the world. By enlisting one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Scientologists have successfully managed to pull on the "raw meat" of the general public. Does Cruise receive any royalties? This remains inevitably unanswered.
One fact remains: Scientology is more science fiction than fact. The ideas outlined in Hubbard's book certainly present interesting views on how we should live our lives, but they barely have any more validity or integrity than other self help books, such as M Scott Peck's The Road Less Travelled or James Redfield's The Celestine Prophecy.