Chapter 14 Scientology

In: Handbook of UFO Religions
Author: Hugh B. Urban

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Abstract

This chapter examines UFO themes in the Church of Scientology from the 1960s to the 1980s. While Scientology is not exactly a UFO religion in the same sense as Heaven’s Gate or the Raelians, it did develop an elaborate “space opera” cosmology and contributed to the broader interest in space travel, other worlds, and alien civilizations that pervaded the Cold War era. Perhaps most significantly, Scientology also promised that an individual could learn to “exteriorize” the spiritual self (thetan) and travel outside the physical body to distant worlds, thus becoming a kind of “disembodied flying object” with superhuman powers.

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