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The Church of Scientology

an Esoteric Religion?

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Scientology is usually described as a self-help or personal development movement, but David Barrett wonders if it could also be viewed as an esoteric, Hermetic or even Gnostic movement.

In a talk ranging from psychology to science fiction to superman (with just a hint of magic) he also asks: what do L Ron Hubbard, Madame Blavatsky and GI Gurdjieff have in common?

How about L Ron Hubbard, George King of the Aetherius Society and Gerald Gardner, founder of Wicca? And just how many members does the Church of Scientology really have?

Dr David V Barrett is the author of many books on unusual beliefs including The New Believers, A Brief History of Secret Societies and his latest, A Brief Guide to Secret Religions.

  • 8pm
  • £2.50 (conc £1.50)

The Old King's Head
Kings Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NA
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This event is in the past. This is an archive page for reference.
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