Taking a Look at Scientology

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What is Scientology? How does one practice it? Where did it come from? Why is it such a big deal? Scientology is the pursuit of a person’s understanding of one’s spiritual nature and the human way of thinking (Official Church of Scientology). The name Scientology comes from the Latin word Scientia, meaning knowledge, and the Greek word Logos, meaning reason or understanding (Molloy 485). This religion did not originate by itself. It has ties to Indian spirituality, Gnosticism, and some schools of Hinduism (Molloy 485). Even though Hubbard does not use the words “nirvana, karma, or enlightenment”, his religion is trying to do this by reaching the state of liberation (Molloy 486). This religion is an applied “religious philosophy” and considers man to be more than just his physical self (Staff of the Church of Scientology 3). Scientology was developed by L. Ron Hubbard in 1954 (Molloy 485). He lived from 1911 to 1986 (Molloy 485). Mr. Hubbard was actually a world renowned science-fiction author, but he came up with a process that “helped people clarify their understanding of the human process of knowing” which was later turned into Scientology (Molloy 485). Hubbard also had many writings and published works (Staff of the Church of Scientology 25). He had published more than 5,000 writings, dozens of books, and over 3,000 tape recorded lectures (Staff of the Church of Scientology 25). There are many Churches of Scientology around the world and in the United States including
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