By Marc Headley
Nominated through Foreword journal as 2009 ebook of the 12 months Award Finalist. Marc Headley offers an insider's view of lifestyles as a member of Scientology's "Sea Organization". Marc labored at Scientology's mystery barren region compound, which homes all Scientology administration, for 15 years. the five hundred acre estate is found deep within the California desolate tract. The neighborhood townspeople have been advised lectures and flicks have been made there. yet is that every one that used to be taking place? it's the position of a multi-million buck domestic for L. Ron Hubbard, outfitted twenty years after his dying. it's the domestic of Scientology's present chief, David Miscavige. So what fairly occurs on the Int Base? Are the tales on the net precise? How does Scientology behavior administration of its day after day operations? may perhaps tales of armed guards, guns, employees beatings, and razor twine fences be real? if that is so, how may possibly a facility like this exist in modern-day the USA? enormous quantities of employees attempted to flee through the years. a few succeeded yet have been by no means visible or heard of back, such a lot failed. Why have been humans stored the following? What fairly went on on the headquarters of Scientology? this is often the tale of what occurred in the back of the Iron Curtain of Scientology. "...the Scientology cult, is I warrantly you, 1000 occasions more unusual than you have got ever imagined." the toilet & Ken exhibit, KFI AM 640 "Headley's booklet additionally offers gorgeous fabric that has infrequently been accumulated in a single place... a damning account of existence operating for Scientology chief David Miscavige on the secretive wilderness base..." Tony Ortega, The Village Voice "...a new publication exposing alleged information about not only Scientology -- yet Tom Cruise's organization with the church -- is available..." The Washington submit "Marc Headley , a former insider on the church, has written a tell-all publication, known as Blown for solid, approximately his 15 years of labor with Scientology. And folks...you can't deal with the truth..." The Frisky "
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Everett Ferguson (New York : G a rland , 1 990) , 804-5 . 61 Geoffrey W. Bromiley, "Rule of Faith , " in The Encyclopedia of Christianity, vol . 4 (G rand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1 997) , 758. 62Ehrman , Lost Christianities, 1 94. T h e Heresy of O rthodoxy like the p rophets , were sent by Go d. 63 This self-un derstanding stands in marked contrast to seco nd-cent ury sects tha t so ught to strip the gospel of its Old Testament roots. Rather than being devoted to and dependent on the teachin g of the apos tles, these gro ups held that secretly revealed knowledge abo ut Jes us tr ump ed historical and theological con tinuity.
35 In fact, the very attestation o f Marcionism may indicate a for m of Chris tianity that preceded Marcionism. This is in dicated by the very nature o f Marcionis m: 36 "All o u r evidence indicates that Marcion's a ctivities were directed not at the conversion of pagans but at a refo rmation of the catholic church in terms o f a radical Pa ulin ism . " 37 By virtue of denying the validity of the Old Testament Scriptures and by critically editing the Pa uline litera t ure, Marcionism was a message most apt for p eople steeped in the Jewish Scriptures and in the writings of Paul.
20 A third response concerns another late second-century Egyptian docu ment, the Teachings of Silvanus . 21 Fourth, Bauer ignores the fact that Clemen t o f Alexandria, one of Egypt's most famous second-cen tury o rthodox Christian teachers, and Irenaeus , a second-century bishop in Gaul, independently o f one another claimed that orthodoxy preceded the rise of the Valentinians , an influential Gnostic move ment founded by Valentin us. Ja mes McCue offers three points about Valentin ian thought that Bauer overlooks : ( 1 ) The o rtho dox play a role in Valentin ian thought such that they see m to be part of the Valentinian self-understanding.