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published: 12/22/04
updated: 2/26/14

Scientology



The Church of Scientology was founded in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard, a former science fiction writer. The belief system doesn't present itself as a "religion," but as a "technology" that leads people to "true spiritual release and freedom." Scientology does not emphasize particular beliefs about God or other traditional religious topics, yet it calls itself "The Church of Scientology" and presents many of its teachings in spiritual and religious terms. Its teachings are highly controversial, with some regarding it as a dangerous religious cult or deceptive financial scam.

When it comes to Scientology, many people want to know: Is it a cult or a religion? And why do so many celebrities, like Tom Cruise and John Travolta, subcribe to Scientology beliefs? And what do adherents believe about God, the universe, people, the spiritual realm, and the afterlife? And what are their values, traditions, and ethics?

The table of contents below will direct you to various topics on Scientology, from their beliefs to their history to their practices to their symbols and much more. (Note: Category headings go to the home page for that subject.)



Scientology beliefs, practices, history, and more


Fast Facts on Scientology


Scientology Beliefs


Get important information on the date and founder of Scientology, as well as important texts,
symbols, and much more.

What Scientology believes about God, the meaning of life, the thetan, Xenu, the afterlife, and more.



Church of Scientology in Hollywood
Church of Scientology on Hollywood, California. Photo: Kent Kanouse.


Symbols in Scientology


History of Scientology


Read about two significant symbols
in the religion of Scientology.

An overview of the life of L. Ron Hubbard,
Dianetics,
and the history of Scientology.


Scientology Ethics


Books on Scientology

Read about Scientology's views on evil,
and ethical and social issues.

A collection of resources on Scientology,
including official books by L. Ron Hubbard and critical sources.