Scientology

Beliefs and practices and associated movement This article is about the belief system and practices. For the organization, see Church of Scientology. For other uses, see Scientology (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Religious Science, Christian Science, or Scientism.

Scientology is a set of beliefs and practices invented by American author L. Ron Hubbard, and an associated movement. It has been variously defined as a cult, a business or a new religious movement. The most recent published census data indicate that in the United States there were about 25,000 followers (in 2008), around 2,300 followers in England (2011), and about 1,700 each in both Canada (2011) and Australia (2016). Hubbard initially developed a set of ideas that he called Dianetics, which he represented as a form of therapy. This he promoted through various publications, as well as through the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation that he established in 1950. The foundation soon entered bankruptcy, and Hubbard lost the rights to his book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in 1952. He then recharacterized the subject as a religion and renamed it Scientology, retaining the terminology, doctrines, and the practice of "auditing". Within a year, he regained the rights to Dianetics and retained both subjects under the umbrella of the Church of Scientology.

Scientology followers believe that a human is an immortal, spiritual being (Thetan) that is resident in a physical body. The Thetan has had innumerable past lives and it is observed in advanced (and – within the movement – secret) Scientology texts that lives preceding the Thetan's arrival on Earth were lived in extraterrestrial cultures. Scientology doctrine states that any Scientologist undergoing "auditing" will eventually come across and recount a common series of events. Part of these events include reference to an extraterrestrial life-form called Xenu. The secret Scientology texts say this was a ruler of a confederation of planets 70 million years ago, who brought billions of alien beings to Earth and then killed them with thermonuclear weapons. Despite being kept secret from most followers, this forms the central mythological framework of Scientology's ostensible soteriology<... ...read more

Church of Scientology
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Church of Scientology ... The Church of Scientology is a group of interconnected corporate entities and other organizations devoted to the practice, administration and dissemination...

Scientology beliefs and practices
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Scientology beliefs and practices ... The Church of Scientology maintains a wide variety of beliefs and practices. The core belief holds that a human is an immortal, spiritual being (thetan)...

List of Scientologists
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List of Scientologists ... and beliefs of Scientology. ⸶NB: This table only features members who were still active in the Church before their death Scientology and celebrities...

L. Ron Hubbard
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L. Ron Hubbard ... author of science fiction and fantasy stories who founded the Church of Scientology. In 1950, Hubbard authored Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health...

Xenu
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Xenu ... Xenu (/ˈziːnuː/), also called Xemu, was, according to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the dictator of the "Galactic Confederacy" who brought billions...

Scientology controversies
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Scientology controversies ... 1954, the Church of Scientology has been involved in a number of controversies, including its stance on psychiatry, Scientology's legitimacy as a religion...

Scientology and celebrities
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Scientology and celebrities ... getting them to endorse Scientology to the public at large has always been very important to the Church of Scientology. Scientology has had a written program...

Tommy Davis (Scientology)
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Tommy Davis (Scientology) ... chief spokesperson of the Church of Scientology International and Senior Vice President at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International from...

David Miscavige
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David Miscavige ... Miscavige (/mɪˈskævɪdʒ/; born April 30, 1960) is the leader of the Church of Scientology and Captain of the Sea Organization. His official title is Chairman of...

Fair Game (Scientology)
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Auditing (Scientology)
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