The New Religious Movement Of Scientology

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Introduction
Throughout history, all religions have had their beginning. Religion itself has the ability to influence and shape its followers and the world. Whether religions stem from an established religion or a new religion, both are defined as new religious movements (NRMs). These new religious movements can take a scientific approach to religion, such as Scientology, referred to as a “client cult” where services are provided or branch off from an established religion like Christianity as did Mormonism with its teachings based upon the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon. (Fisher, 2014, 459, 465) With various NRMs emerging including Scientology and Mormonism, will they endure and continue to grow, attracting future generations to their particular religion? Their similarities and differences will be examined.
Scientology and Mormon Similarities
The new religious movement of Scientology is based upon the teachings and writings of Ron L. Hubbard, an author and philosopher. (Fisher, 2014, p. 459) Similarly, Mormonism also has an original founder, Joseph Smith, who discovered golden plates on a dig which Smith translated into The Book of Mormon. (Fisher, 2014, p. 465) Much is not known about the in-depth religious beliefs of these NRMs as both are secretive with those who investigate their practices and discourage members from sharing information with others outside their faith as portrayed in the media. However, it could be said that these new religious movements…
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