I’ve just read a fascinating article on Scientology on the New Yorker’s website:
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/14/110214fa_fact_wright, which probably won’t bring a spate of new information to most of us here (although it does feature new interviews which a lot of people may not have read).
My reason for this thread is to ask if there are “religions” (define religions in any way you please) that are as secret as Scientology. I think we’re all familiar with the secrecy of Scientology (i.e., Xenu), but here’s specifically what I mean from the New Yorker article (it’s close to the end):
In mainstream religions, it seems to me that discussion of doctrine is encouraged (via witnessing).
I’m not trying to debate the merits of Scientology, because we (most of us, anyway) know it’s a fraud, etc. but I’m wondering about the secrecy of religions. Are there other religions out there that, if doctrines are discussed, offend those “in the know,” and if so, which ones?
And just for the hell of it, here are a couple of links about Ron DeWolf, aka L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. Some may not be as familiar with these, but I 'spect most posters here are. Still, it’s interesting b.g. info.