In a blog published on STAND (Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination) Scientologist Jim Kalergis talks about Scientology not being a “belief system” but rather an applied religious philosophy—it’s about what people do.
Over the years I’ve noticed that professional bigots, in their efforts to discredit Scientology, sometimes hold supposed “secret beliefs” of the Church up to ridicule. Actually, anyone interested in Scientology beliefs can read them in the Creed of the Church of Scientology. There’s not much shock value there. Take a look, and you may be surprised how closely Scientology beliefs parallel those of all men and women of goodwill.
Scientology is an applied religious philosophy, “applied” meaning the “philosophy” is for use. “Religious,” because it addresses the individual as a soul or spirit, rather than as a body. Scientologists are seekers with the common goal of spiritual growth.
It’s not surprising that some mistakenly believe Scientology is a matter of belief. What a person believes is at the center of most religions. Scientology is different in that it’s not about what a person believes that makes them a Scientologist. It’s about what they do. If one learns and applies the tools of Scientology to the betterment of themselves and their fellows, they’re a Scientologist. Because Scientology is not about belief, some parishioners are both Scientologists and members of another religion, one that’s primarily a belief system. There is no conflict.
If you’re curious about the subject and want to know more, talk to a Scientologist, but don’t ask them what they believe. Ask them what they do.