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...]

What Does Happiness Have to Do with Religion?

In Scientology: a New Slant on Life, L. Ron Hubbard poses the question “Is it possible to be happy?”I believe that question is even more pertinent today that it was some fifty years ago when he penned most of the essays that appear in this book.A 2009 article in USA Today reflected on that estimate that some 10% of Americans — or 27 million people — were taking antidepressants in 2005, twice the number as in 1996.This doesn’t count how many people drink or smoke weed to “be happy,” tak … [Read more...]


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