Scientology: Preparing for the Next Generation
What is described as the Scientology religion's renaissance is now manifest in over 8,000 Scientology Churches, Missions and groups across 165 nations.
In terms of physical scope and global presence, the Church's property holdings have doubled from 5.6 million square feet in 2004 to over 11 million in 2009. More than 70 new Church buildings have been acquired and are now in various stages of design and construction. And Scientology-supported social betterment and humanitarian programs are now touching the lives of billions. But most telling in terms of global demand for Scientology are the more than 80 million L. Ron Hubbard books and lectures distributed in the last five years—more than the cumulative of the prior 50 years of the Church's existence.
Accordingly, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard is now recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the most published and translated author in history, with titles in 71 languages. Spearheading this period of phenomenal growth is Scientology's ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige.
Mr. Miscavige has been the driving force behind the worldwide program to expand all of the Churches of Scientology to better serve their communities—to not only become islands of sanity and succor where all are welcome, but to also serve as central points of emanation for the Church's many social betterment programs aimed at eradicating the crippling plagues of illiteracy, immorality, drug abuse and intolerance. Mr. Miscavige redefines the term "religious leader" to fit the tasks necessary to direct a truly unique contemporary religion—the only major religion to emerge in the 20th century. And now the religion's growth has continued at a phenomenal rate in this century, with the number of individuals completing Scientology counseling and course services doubling in just the last two years, as but one example.
This is being accomplished through his extraordinary vision in every major aspect, including:
- Personally driving the international dissemination of Scientology;
- Ensuring that the Scriptures of the Scientology religion are pure and true to the Founder's original writings;
- Establishing units to see to the translation of millions of pages of the Scientology Scriptures into 71 languages;
- Restoring Mr. Hubbard's written works, recorded lectures and films of his lectures;
- Providing the guidance for the acquisition, construction and creation of ideal Scientology organizations;
- Supplying the direction for the creation of two state-of-the-art digital publishing houses capable of producing 500,000 books and 925,000 CDs per week;
- Providing the vision for crafting, refining and broadening core Scientology social betterment programs in drug education and rehabilitation, education, criminal rehabilitation and human rights;
- Providing support and guidance to the Volunteer Minister Program, the largest independent relief force in the free world, with more than 195,000 Volunteer Ministers who traveled more than 174,000 miles this past year to help an estimated 1.5 million people;
- Personally seeing to the successful outcome of critical external affairs issues, including official recognitions of the religion; and
- Planning, creating, producing and presiding over nine annual globally broadcast events that serve as briefings for Scientologists on strategic programs, campaigns, expansion, dissemination and major breakthroughs.
David Miscavige works for—and answers to—Scientology's millions of parishioners. He is unrelenting in serving their interests and the interests of the religion by implementing Mr. Hubbard's plans and strategies precisely, while devoting every spare moment to the restoration of Mr. Hubbard's technology and its dissemination to the public.
Case in point: Mr. Miscavige's extensive work leading to the publication and release of "The Basics." The term refers to the Scriptural materials that form the very foundation of the religion of Scientology, later writings and lectures building upon the principles contained in The Basics. The release of these materials was the culmination of a research project to locate Mr. Hubbard's original manuscripts and dictation tapes of these books, followed by verification and correction of existing manuscripts to return them to their original unadulterated form.
Then there were Mr. Hubbard's lectures from the same time period that corresponded to and expanded upon the content of the books. These lectures were originally delivered to Scientologists in training at the time and, although recorded, had never been made broadly available due to a lack of adequate reproduction facilities in the Church's formative years (1950-56).
While these lectures had been previously gathered up from around the world and stored in archives, their mass reproduction was hindered due to the poor quality of the original recordings or, worse, the deterioration of the master tapes over the intervening years.
The project to restore these lectures was extensive and only finally became possible with advances in computer and digital technology.
Nevertheless, lecture restoration required the Church to establish the world's most elaborate sound restoration studios.
Mr. Miscavige was intimately involved with every aspect of this massive five-year restoration project. He personally verified all books and lectures, their content and their sequence so Scientologists can now study their religion in pure form and chronologically. This project alone represented thousands of hours of Mr. Miscavige's time in ensuring that every word conformed precisely with Mr. Hubbard's original works by reading and re-reading each manuscript and final book as well as listening to all 2,500 of Mr. Hubbard's lectures.
In total, the replication and publication of The Basics encompassed 18 books and corresponding lecture series for each book, totaling 280 lectures (reproduced on compact disc). All materials—books and lectures—were also made available in translated editions for the 15 major languages of Earth. Additionally, in 2009, the Beginning Books of Dianetics and Scientology (nine books in total) were translated into 50 languages and released to the public.
The significance of this accomplishment to Scientologists cannot be overstated. Indeed, it represents not only the purity of Mr. Hubbard's teachings being available for the first time, but also signals the fact that the religion of Scientology will remain true to its Founder's actual words for all the years to come. The distribution of these books and lectures totals 60 million since July 2007. This alone has caused a renaissance in the religion.
In addition to making these basic Scriptural works available to Scientologists through Churches and Missions, Mr. Miscavige also launched a campaign to make them freely available to anyone who might want them—specifically, by making copies accessible in all public, university and governmental lending libraries in the world.
The overriding point: As Scientology's religious leader, Mr. Miscavige has devoted himself to fulfilling the vision of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard—ensuring its Scriptures remain pure and accessible to all. It is a unique task inasmuch as Scientology is the only religion with all original writings of its Founder intact. It is also a uniquely universal religion inasmuch as all faiths are free to share the works of L. Ron Hubbard. Then too, and above all else, it was Mr. Hubbard's vision that spiritual freedom goes hand-in-hand with a belief in the brotherhood of Man. Hence, Mr. Miscavige's undying work to ensure Scientology is extended to all Mankind.
It is David Miscavige's far-reaching vision and unrelenting dedication that have brought the Church so far and so fast.
Religious Technology Center
Religious Technology Center (RTC) guarantees the continued purity of Dianetics and Scientology by ensuring that the trademarks and technology it protects are kept in proper hands and used properly throughout the world. Concurrently, by monitoring those responsible for Church administration and the ministry of services to parishioners, RTC ensures a strong and incorruptible Church management—one which can never be subject either to internal politics or external attempts to harm the religion. With this guarantee, the ecclesiastical hierarchy of the Scientology religion is protected against intrusion, and parishioners are able to attain the spiritual freedom they seek when they enter a Church of Scientology.
Through the exact application of the materials of Dianetics and Scientology, an individual will achieve not only a full understanding of himself as a spiritual being, but true spiritual freedom. Thus, Scientologists across the globe view the maintenance and incorruptibility of their religious technology—in precise accordance with the Founder's source writings—to be essential to their very salvation.
Religious Technology Center works, then, to guarantee that L. Ron Hubbard's legacy of spiritual freedom continues to exist tomorrow, or ten thousand years from now. To millions of Scientologists around the world, there is nothing more important.