Scientology as a Religion
From the outset it is important for one to understand that the practice of Scientology is viewed by The Courseroom as a religious activity. While we represent no particular church or are affiliated with no particular church, we are nonetheless engaged in a spiritual activity. If you interact with us then it is assumed you agree with the definitions provided below and seek to accomplish that which is laid out by the definitions and tenets.
Some definitions of Religion in general are:
- Belief in something sacred (for example, gods or other supernatural beings).
- A distinction between sacred and profane objects.
- Ritual acts focused on sacred objects.
- A moral code believed to have a sacred or supernatural basis.
- Characteristically religious feelings (awe, sense of mystery, sense of guilt, adoration), which tend to be aroused in the presence of sacred objects and during the practice of ritual.
- Prayer and other forms of communication with the supernatural.
- A world view, or a general picture of the world as a whole and the place of the individual therein. This picture contains some specification of an over-all purpose or point of the world and an indication of how the individual fits into it.
- A more or less total organization of one’s life based on the world view.
- A social group bound together by the above.
In the early 1980s, while working on corporate matters, LRH put forth the following guidelines and definitions so as to communicate the intent of Scientology and its practice.
"Scientology Technology" is a body of truths and methods of application, developed by L. Ron Hubbard from his observations and research, which when correctly applied can reveal the soul of man, extend his knowledge of the infinite Being to him, and make known what is knowable about God.
Believing that man's best evidence of God is the God he finds within himself, and trusting with enduring faith that the Author of the Universe intended life to thrive within it.
Scientology is the organization of the fundamentals of existence into axioms and workable technologies in the tradition of the exact sciences for resolving problems of life and thought and for the freedom of the human spirit. That he who asks a question is closest to the answer, that every question contains its own answer, and further that every problem contains its own solution, and that the technologies of Scientology are of such a nature that a person with a question or a problem may be spiritually assisted or guided to the end that the person is able to answer his own questions and resolve his own problems.
It is with the above explanation that we are engaged in the activities of Scientology at The Courseroom. Come and join us and find out for yourself what Scientology actually is and how to properly practice it.
Senior C/S, The Courseroom