The Church of Scientology aired an advertisement during Sunday night’s Super Bowl broadcast, offering viewers an introduction to the “age of answers.”
“We live in an age of searching,” the ad’s voiceover begins, as shots of busy people hustling to get to work fill the screen.
“To find solutions. To find ourselves. To find the truth,” the voiceover continues. “Now imagine an age in which the predictability of science and the wisdom of religion combine.”
“Welcome to the age of answers,” the ad concludes.
The church’s ad comes on the heels of the recent controversy surrounding the new HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last week. Church officials have blasted the film and director Alex Gibney, claiming information presented in the film is false and that the filmmakers did not approach the church for comment while making the film.
Scientology started a Twitter account, called Freedom Media Ethics, to respond to what it claims are inaccuracies in the film.
This is not the first ad the church has taken out in the wake of the debut of Going Clear; last month, Scientology took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times comparing HBO’s film to the now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine/University of Virginia rape story.