John Travolta’s into it. So are Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and Chick Corea.
It’s Scientology, the religious philosophy developed by late science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
The roots of Scientology began with Hubbard’s 1950 publication of “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health,” a system he described as “a methodology which can help alleviate such ailments as unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses.”
It evolved into a religion with scriptures, a creed and all the other trappings.
A whole lot of trappings, in fact. Which is one reason the new Scientology site on the Internet - actually three linked sites - is so massive.
There’s one address dedicated to the life and writings of Hubbard, one on Scientology and another on Dianetics.
If you’re curious about the movement, which has both intriguing and controversial sides, check out the sites. But prepare to stay awhile: You’ll find audio clips, three-dimensional tours and more than - deep breath - 30,000 pages of information.
Here are the Internet addresses for the Scientology home pages: http://www.lronhubbard.org and http://www.dianetics.org and http://www.scientology.org