What Do Scientologists Believe? was originally publised on the website of STAND (Scientologists Active Against Discrimination) and is published here with their permission.
What Do Scientologists Believe?
Over the years I’ve noticed professional bigots. And their efforts to discredit Scientology. Sometimes they hold supposed “secret beliefs” of the Church up to ridicule. Actually, anyone interested in Scientology beliefs can read them. They are 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 good will.
Scientology is an applied religious philosophy
Scientology is an applied religious philosophy. “Applied” means 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.
Some mistakenly believe Scientology is a matter of belief
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. It’s not about what a person believes that makes them a Scientologist. But it’s about what they do. One learns and applies the tools of Scientology And uses it for the betterment of themselves and their fellows. Then 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.