dr. gene scott (mostly for tonyjeffers)
i noticed in the atheist timeline thread that you were involved in scott's movement. i've been somewhat intrigued by him for the last 6 years or so. i've seen all the typical youtube videos as well as werner herzog's fabulous short documentary "god's angry man." the man was definitely charismatic is this twisted, dostoyevskian/kafkaesque way.
despite all of this, it's been surprisingly hard to find a systematic presentation of his unique teachings, if such a thing exists. i once streamed one of his old videos from his website and found it a tremendous mindfuck, complete with an enormous whiteboard that looked like a jackson pollack painting, that i had to turn off after 15 minutes in order to avert a migraine. from what i've heard, his ex-porn star wife turned successor is not any better.
would you condescend to tell us a bit about your experiences in his movement and what drew you there, kept you there, and eventually made you move on? did you actually attend his church in los angeles? i would honestly appreciate it.
"I have never felt comfortable around people who talk about their feelings for Jesus, or any other deity for that matter, because they are usually none too bright. . . . Or maybe 'stupid' is a better way of saying it; but I have never seen much point in getting heavy with either stupid people or Jesus freaks, just as long as they don't bother me. In a world as weird and cruel as this one we have made for ourselves, I figure anybody who can find peace and personal happiness without ripping off somebody else deserves to be left alone. They will not inherit the earth, but then neither will I. . . . And I have learned to live, as it were, with the idea that I will never find peace and happiness, either. But as long as I know there's a pretty good chance I can get my hands on either one of them every once in a while, I do the best I can between high spots."
--Hunter S. Thompson