10 Arizona-Based Religions

10 Arizona-Based Religions

With the recent debate over the possible expansion of "religious freedom" laws in Arizona, it's worth noting that the state has a great deal of religious . . . creativity.

Check out 10 religions (or spiritual organizations, or sects, or in some cases, cults) that were born in Arizona:

10.) Scientology

10 Arizona-Based Religions

Not only is there a church of Scientology in Phoenix, but it all started here -- founder L. Ron Hubbard's former home at the foot of Camelback Mountain. "It was there L. Ron Hubbard authored the first basic books of Scientology . . . " according to a Scientology website. "It was also there he convened informal discussions with students attending the seven Advanced Clinical Courses and three Congresses in neighboring facilities." The first formal organization of Scientology was in Phoenix. The house/museum is no longer open to the public, but you can still drive by and see it.

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