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Werner Erhard

Werner ErhardAKA John Paul Rosenberg

Born: 5-Sep-1935
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA

Gender: Male
Religion: Cult [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Religion

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Erhard Seminar Training ("est")

[1] Baptized an Episcopalian (his mother's religion). Some deny that he ever accepted Scientology, but Erhard received 70 hours of Scientology auditing, which by any measure goes far beyond a passive interest in the religion. EST (or "est" as adherents call it), ostensibly secular, does have cult-like aspects. According to Susan Jacoby, Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age (2011): "What the religious cults of the 1970s had in common with EST's secular psychological gobbledygook was their hostility to rationality and their ability to separate people from their money."

Wife: Pat Campbell (div., 4 children)
Wife: Ellen Virginia Erhard (nee June Bryde, m. 1960, div.)
Girlfriend: Arianna Huffington
Brother: Harry Rosenberg
Daughter: Adair
Daughter: Celeste
Father: (restaurant operator)

    High School: (1952)

    Converted to Scientology
    Changed Name to "Werner Erhard"
    Founded Religion
    Risk Factors: Yoga

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