WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY?

What is Scientology?

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Foreword
Scientology: Its Background and Origins
Scientology Principles and Application
The Services of Scientology
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The Effectiveness of Scientology
Churches of Scientology and Their Activities
Community Activities
Social Reform Activities
World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE)
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The Statistics and Growth of Scientology
A Scientology Catechism
L. Ron Hubbard
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CHAPTER 37




THE BONA FIDES OF THE SCIENTOLOGY RELIGION



T

he only major new religion to emerge in this undeniably turbulent twentieth century, Scientology offers mankind the hope of resolving our most pressing societal problems and of creating a true renaissance of the spirit in the coming century.

As a new religion – which all religions once were, unfamiliarity with this vital movement has led some people to ask whether Scientology really is a religion. To its members and experts who have studied it, the answer is unequivocally affirmative.

Comparing specific Scientology doctrines and practices with those of other religions, similarities and differences emerge which make it clear that although Scientology is entirely new, its origins are as ancient as religious thought itself.

Different from older religions, Scientology’s approach to the mysteries and problems of life is based on fundamental axioms that isolate and describe the very factors of life. And because the principles of Scientology encompass the entire scope of life, the answers it provides apply to all existence and have broad-ranging applicability.

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