How does Scientology compare with other faiths?

While Scientology shares much in common with other religions as regards basic religious concepts and a mandate to improve society, the most valuable asset Scientology offers is an actual technology for achieving greater spiritual awareness. Moreover, while many religions promise salvation in the hereafter, Scientology offers certainty of eternal salvation now. Then, too, Scientology makes it possible for any religion to attain its goals and is therefore a religion of religions.   … [Read more...]

Scientology church coming to Florence

Mark Hansel of the Cincinnati Inquirer penned this story on the new Church of Scientology, moving across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Florence, Kentucky. The Church of Scientology will open a new regional facility next month in Florence. The controversial church has scheduled a grand opening event on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the church, 283 Main St., in a building previously occupied by the Florence Baptist Church. Nick Banks, a spokesman for the Church of Scientology, said the … [Read more...]

In What Way Does Scientology Differ From Other Religions?

While Scientology shares much in common with other religions as regards basic religious concepts and a mandate to improve society, the most valuable asset Scientology offers is an actual technology for achieving greater spiritual awareness. Moreover, while many religions promise salvation in the hereafter, Scientology offers certainty of eternal salvation now. Then, too, Scientology makes it possible for any religion to attain its goals and is therefore a religion of religions.   … [Read more...]

In What Way Does Scientology Differ From Other Religions?

With Scientology being a fairly new religion, the most frequently asked questions are covered in the Scientology website.  Here is one that comes up often: In What Way Does Scientology Differ From Other Religions? While Scientology shares much in common with other religions as regards basic religious concepts and a mandate to improve society, the most valuable asset Scientology offers is an actual technology for achieving greater spiritual awareness. Moreover, while many religions promise … [Read more...]

Is The Spiritual Path a Selfish Path?

I recently got a comment on my blog that surprised me because it put forward the idea that spirituality is a selfish persuit. I hope my answer reflects what people on a spiritual path actually think. I'd love to hear the viewpoint of other Patheos members on this topic. Jonathan said: I just get the feeling that with the clearing of the reactive mind, that morals would fly out the window, as the search for spiritual ends, in the end, are selfish, and you're told to do it for yourself. I … [Read more...]

Thoughts on scientology

by Nick Broadhurst I often wonder if people get confused on the difference between philosophy and religion when it comes to Scientology. Is Scientology a religion or philosophy, or, are all religions philosophies? These are my thoughts just now. Scientology is most definitely a religion, and it is most definitely a philosophy. A religion has two major categories, the revealed religion – Judaism, Christianity, Islam for example; and the natural religion. While the first category of … [Read more...]

How Does Scientology View the Individual?

Scientology holds that there are three parts to Man: First there is the body itself. The body is the organized physical composition or substance of Man, whether living or dead. It is not the being himself. Next, there is the mind, which consists essentially of pictures. Finally, and most importantly, there is the thetan. The thetan is not a thing. It is the creator of things. Of the three parts of Man, the thetan is, obviously, most important. Without the thetan, there would be no mind … [Read more...]

What Motivates Us to Promote the Greater Good?

In writing about the role of religion in America's pluralistic society, President Barack Obama states: "The particular faith that motivates each of us can promote a greater good for all of us. Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times." But what is it that calls us, people of faith, to reach out beyond ourselves … [Read more...]


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