How we got to be here, and what’s next for us: The Church of Scientology

Here’s the story of how we got here.

The Church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, began the movement as a philosophy of “auditing” and “spiritual cleansing.”

He believed that a person could “satisfy” his or her spiritual needs through “re-baptism,” or a process of reciting the Bible or other scriptures to oneself, and that people could accomplish this through prayer.

The group is now one of the most controversial in American society, thanks to the church’s many scandals and its practices of physical and mental torture, which have earned it the label of “the cult of personality.”

It is also a cult of greed, with members frequently offering money for the chance to meet Hubbard, and of having access to expensive gifts and a luxurious lifestyle.

But the church also boasts a massive cult following and has long been a major source of money for Scientology and its charitable organizations.

Here’s what we learned from interviews with hundreds of Scientologists, celebrities, politicians, business leaders and other members of the church, and a new documentary.

“They don’t want to give us anything,” said Michael, a retired pastor who joined the church after he lost his job in the 1980s.

“I think that’s the problem, because they have the power of the money.”

Here’s a look at some of the stories behind the Scientology cults in this article.