A Billion Years

A Billion Years by Mike Rinder

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for A Billion Years:

Tom Cruise has some explaining to do.

Quick synopsis:

A memoir by Mike Rinder, who was a higher up in the Church of Scientology.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

Scientology practices what’s called “bullbaiting” which is an exercise to eliminate reactions to people saying things to you. Sounds healthy!

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

L. Ron Hubbard’s rules are unalterable. Even though he is dead.

My Take on A Billion Years:

Listen, religion can get super weird. We should be tolerant of each other. We should try and see that we all have beliefs that can’t always be proven, explained, or understood.

I will point out that if I say I’m not going to Mass, no one will hire a private detective to ruin my life. I can do that by myself, thank you.

As for me bashing Scientology, I will not do it in this post. I will, however, tell you that this book is written by a higher up in Scientology who left it and is now spilling the beans.

“But wait, History Nerd, maybe he’s the crazy one? Have you thought about that?”

Excellent question. In the very beginning of this book, Rinder states that Scientology will try to discredit him. He then says exactly what they will say.

Then I looked at the one-star reviews for this book on Goodreads. A few accounts with almost no reviews and just a review of this book calling Rinder…. well exactly what he said they would call him. Oh, and these accounts also gave 5 stars to Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard if they reviewed it.

So no, I won’t bash someone else’s religion. I will tell you to read this book, though.


An excellent book which will have you saying “What???” a lot. Buy it here!

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