Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 101

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 101

…we can call it the Church of Spiritual Engineering

“I have decided to start my own church,” Pentateuch comes to the realization that people long for a place where like-minds gather, as he thinks to himself. The Christian movements seem to have a church on about every block for the sole purpose of honoring their God, so why not spawn a self-affirming organization to serve those who worship nothing but themselves. This is the originating rationale he uses as a foundation for his newest plan.

Jealous and in desperate need of atheist reinforcement, he has targeted the perfect front man for that church and he appears to him at the Laguna Beach Yacht Club, where the man is working just to stay afloat, so-to-speak. Pentateuch passes himself off as a wealthy business-type, an alleged follower of this cult-ish personality, expounding on that very subject of founding that existential church, “You are just the man to give the people what they long for… a church that only makes them feel good.”

“I have wanted to do that for years, but lack universal support,”

“I know,” confirms Pentateuch to the man seated across from him, one Langston Richard Cannon, whom he has been keeping track of ever since the man wrote what he called “THE book” and then throughout his failed military career; an ongoing string of disappointments. They had an encounter during his Navy days in that Great War, but Cannon was so myopic that he did not realize that he had met the devil, yet he impressed the Dark Deceptor with his delusional ways of viewing the world. “You need a proper platform from which to spread your revolutionary ideas.”

dianetics“You must be familiar with what I call Dianetics. I am sorry; did I get your name?”

“Winters, P. Joseph Winters and I am impressed with your vision.”

“Some are calling it sacrilegious, but I call it a milestone for man, comparable to the discovery of fire and superior to the invention of the wheel. My new book is selling thousands of copies a week, but there are still those that doubt.”

“With my help, we can start a church for your followers; we can call it The Church of Spiritual Engineering.”

“Brilliant, that is close to what I was thinking: Church of Scientology, but we can go with yours to start out.” He likes that Winters/Pentateuch is eating his stuff up. “The human brain records every experience and event, even when unconscious. I can clear away the bad and painful ones by a process I call “auditing”, thus freeing the mind to attain higher IQs and enhanced memorization.”

“And what is your opinion on the position of the so-called Christian churches?”

“Are you talking about God? What utter nonsense and waste of a perfectly good life!  L. Dick Cannon, will free them from that form of spiritual slavery.”

“Perfect,” the Great Deception adds another living statue to his hall-of-shame.

Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon

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Looking For God in All the Wrong Places – New Religions

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Religions Created

over the Past 500 Years

The majority of the world’s population (all but 16.3%) practices some form of religion. Three religions in particular – Christians (31.5%), Muslims (23.2%), and Hindus (15%) – are overwhelmingly the most common recognized faiths. Most of us are familiar with these influential religions from school, work, television, and even our own beliefs, yet we have little knowledge of the many other religions in the world around us that continue to develop and grow. Many new faiths have sprung up in the past 500 years, most of which have a small but strong following in North America and Europe.

10. Candomblé 


A syncretic religion that arose in Latin America due to the cultural diffusion caused by the slave trade, Candomble has grown a fairly large following: an estimated two million followers. Based mostly in Brazil, it officially began in the beginning of the 19th century in Salvador, Bahia where the first temple was built.

Its development began as early as 1549, when the traditional African beliefs of Bantu, Yoruba, and Fon peoples whose priests continued to teach their mythology, rituals, and language, met with the indigenous American traditions already present. That, combined with the absorption of various Roman Catholic elements gave birth to the fully developed religion of Candomble, literally translated to “dance in honor of the gods.”

9. Umbanda 


Yet another syncretic religions that arose in Latin America due to the Portuguese and Spanish slave trade, Umbanda combines both the beliefs of the indigenous native peoples and African heritage, as well as many Roman Catholic influences. It has been thought to be formally practiced as early as the late 19th century, but is generally recognized to have began in the early 20th century.

Umbanda has many branches, but there are a few common beliefs between all sects. As explained in the book Religion, Class, and Context: Continuities and Discontinuities in Brazilian Umanda, one of the most central tenets is the monotheistic belief in a singular and supreme God, Olodumare, along with the existence of deities known Orixas (often syncretized with Roman Catholic saints), as well as the belief of reincarnation.

8. Tenrikyo


With an estimated two million followers worldwide, Tenrikyo is one of the most popular and fastest growing Japanese new religions. Created by Nakayama Miki, a Japanese woman in the 19th century who is known by her followers as Oyasama, Tenrikyo is based on the still widely practiced Shinto religion, though it has much in common with Western monotheistic religions.

Its central tenant is known as “kashimono-karimono,” which means “a thing lent, a thing borrowed,” with the thing that is borrowed and lent the human body. One of it’s most characteristic features is that of it’s lack of conceptual sin; rather, negative tendencies are regarded as “dust” to be swept away from the soul and mind via hinokishin, or voluntary effort, and ritual. 

7. Wicca


Due to its decentralized structure and sometimes secretive traditions, Wicca is an often misunderstood religion. It officially began in England in the first half of the 20th century and was introduced to the public in in the mid 1950’s by Gerald Gardner’s works. In the book The Meaning of Witchcraft, it’s explained that the more “orthodox” Wiccans are known collectively as as British Traditional Wicca. They strictly follow the initiatory lineage of Gardner, and only consider the term Wicca to apply to them, and do not typically recognize other traditions.

Wicca is normally regarded as a duotheistic religion, worshiping both a Goddess and a God. Most Wiccan ritual celebrations are centered around the phases of the moon for this Goddess, and celebrations of the Sun for the God. Contrary to popular belief, magic is not a necessary component of Wicca, but is widely practiced. 

6. Unitarian Universalism 


Unitarian Universalism is unique among this list in that its followers hold such a wide range of religious beliefs. In fact, in addition to it’s liberal Christian founders, coupled with a wide range of other word theologies ranging from Taoism to Islam, Unitarian Universalism also holds amongst its members a great deal of theists, agnostics, and even atheists who are captivated by the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”

Officially established in 1961, the Unitarian Universalism Association was the result of the consolidation of the American Unitarian Association, established in 1825, and the Universalist Church of America, established in 1866. Practiced mostly in the United States, there are 221,000 members of the Unitarian Universalist Association, while 800,000 people identify as Unitarian Universalists.

5. The Bahá’í Faith


Focused on the unity of all people of all religions as the creatures of God, the Bahá’í Faith was born in 19th century Persia and founded by Bahá’u’lláh. Its core values emphasize the importance of diversity, and the role this plays in the value of differences in humanity.

In addition, religious history is seen as unfolding through a series of messengers that fit the needs of the people they were destined to guide, including both Judeo-based prophets – Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, as well as Dharmic figures including Krishna and Buddha. With emphasis on prayer, reflection, and acts of service to humanity as methods of getting closer to God, there are an estimated five million followers worldwide – and growing. 

4. Santeria


Growing out of the hostile slave trade in Cuba, Santeria is explained in the book Introduction to the US Latina and Latino Religious Experience by Avalos Hector as “an amorphous, practical, and oral tradition which promises wisdom and power in dealing with life’s hardships.” Though originating from the religious beliefs of the Bantu and Yoruba people in Southern Nigeria, Senegal, and the Guinea Coast, Santeria also contains many elements of Roman Catholicism.

The worship of a singular God called Olorun, known as “owner of heaven,” and the veneration of “Orisha,” which literally translates to “head guardians,” and was influenced directly by the Roman Catholic concept of saints, give it two striking similarities to it’s Spanish-influenced Roman Catholic heritage. However, unlikeRoman Catholicism and other organized religions, it does not involve the practice of a book, and is more akin to aboriginal cultures in it’s oral traditions. 

3. Rastafarianism


A monotheistic African-centered religion that developed after the coronation of Haile Selassie I as King of Ethiopia in 1930,Rastafarianism is strongly influenced by a pride in African heritage. Seeing the King as the second coming of Christ, this strengthened their ties with both their ethnicity and Christianity. Rastafarians, also known as Rastas, Sufferers, Locksmen, or simply Locks,believe that blacks are God’s chosen people, and that only through their oppression by whites and subsequent slavery are they not the dominant race.

Though lacking a formal religious book, most of its traditions claimto be Biblically based, and does in some regards have a resemblance to Abrahamic faiths. With restrictions on “impure” foods like alcohol and pork known in the diet known as Ital, the majority of their dietary guidelines resemble those from the book of Leviticus, except for one very notable exclusion: cannabis use to bring one closer to Jah (or God), as described in the book The Ganja Complex: Rastafari and Marijuana.

2. Deism 


Less a religion in and of itself and more of a different perspective on monotheism as a whole, Deism makes the bold assertion that ordinary human reason and simple observation prove the existence of a single Creator. Gaining a strong prominence in philosophical thought during the Enlightenment, this perception of God greatly influenced the founding fathers of the United States as well as the French government during their respective revolutions.

Followers of Deism have much in common with the more traditional adherents of monotheistic religion, both Judeo-Christian and Dharmic. Deism is commonly broken down into two groups: Classical and Modern. Classical Deism takes a cold, non-interventionist approach to God, while Modern Deism sees the Creator as a more warm, intervening entity.

1. Sikhism


Originally founded on the teachings of Guru Nanak in Punjab, India during the 15th century, Sikhism has has quickly grown into the world’s fifth largest organized religion, with approximately 30 million followers worldwide, according to Patwant Singh’s book The Sikhs. Followers of Sikhism believe in an omnipresent God known as V’higur’, who is shapeless, timeless, and sightless.

This religion has a great emphasis on human equality and rejects the assertions that creed, caste, religion, or gender are grounds for discrimination. Guru Nanak, the first in a line of eleven Gurus, taught Sikhs (followers of Sikhism, regarded as disciples or students) a line of philosophy referenced in the book Sikhism: Religion in Focus that sums up its teachings quite nicely: “Realization of Truth is higher than all else. Higher still is truthful living.”

1 A. Scientology

Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by American science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, who lived from 1911 until 1986.

In 1950, Hubbard published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, explaining the process of auditing, in which a counselor guides a subject who recalls traumatic memories in order to resolve the negative emotions associated with those memories. In 1953, having lost the rights to Dianetics, Hubbard created an expansion called Scientology and incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey.Scientology teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature.

From its inception, Scientology has been among the most controversialnew religious movements. The church is often characterized as a business, a criminal enterprise, or a cult. In 1978, top-ranking members were convicted of espionage after infiltrating, wiretapping, and stealing documents from the offices of Federal attorneys and the Internal Revenue Service. Members framed a journalist for making bomb threats. In France, Hubbard was tried for fraud and convicted in absentia.

Looking For God in All the Wrong Places

This Is Gwenny's Imagination, found in Constance Caraway ~ Forever Mastadon

This Is Gwenny’s Imagination found in Constance Caraway ~ Forever Mastadon

– New Religions

Scientology – Let’s Make Up a Religion

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A Brief History

On February 18, 1954 Los Angeles, California hosted the establishment of a new religion.

Digging Deeper

Digging deeper, we find The Church of Scientology founded in December of 1953 and its first church located two months later in L.A..

Founder L. Ron Hubbard (Lafayette Ronald Hubbard) was a science fiction writer and a self-help proponent of his system he called Dianetics.  Hubbard’s best known science fiction story is Battlefield Earth, which was also made into a movie starring church member John Travolta.

Prior to succeeding with Dianetics and science fiction, Hubbard served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.  According to church documents, he served in combat all over the world, was severely wounded and highly decorated, having commanded a flotilla as “commodore.”

Navy records indicate otherwise, with Hubbard only briefly going to Australia and spending the rest of the war in the continental United States.  Having briefly commanded a small vessel twice, Hubbard was relieved of command both times, once for accidentally leaving U.S. waters and shelling an occupied Mexican island for “practice!”  If that is not cracked enoughHubbard also claimed he once lowered the American flag on his ship and tied up at a Japanese port, not noticed by the Japanese while he walked around for a few days!

Scientology accounts claim Hubbard was a great explorer, war hero, and nuclear physicist among other things, and that he wrote the screenplay for the movieStagecoach, although critics claim that these assertions are false.  There is enough written about that for you to decide for yourself.  (We do not take sides.)

Scientology counts famous actors John Travolta, Tom Cruise and Gloria Swanson among its adherents, and has gone as far as to initiate Project Celebrityto recruit famous people into the church.

Controversial from the start, Scientology has had and still has strident critics, with many countries refusing their boats entry and refusing to recognize Scientology as a religion. France even indicted Hubbard for fraud.

Hubbard died of a stroke in 1986, but Scientology lives on. There are numerous books about L. Ron Hubbard and about Scientology, and as we do not have the room here to discuss the beliefs, teachings, and controversies, interested people should consult the reading list.  We welcome your opinions in our comments!


– Let’s Make Up a Religion