What is Scientology?

  • (noun): A new religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1955 and characterized by a belief in the power of a person's spirit to clear itself of past painful experiences through self-knowledge and spiritual fulfillment.
    Synonyms: Church of Scientology


Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986), starting in 1952, as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. Hubbard characterized Scientology as a religion, and in 1953 incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey.

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Scientology In Germany - History - Public Opposition
... In German public discourse, Scientology is not considered a religion, but is generally characterized as a Sekte (cult or sect), or as an exploitative profit-making venture preying on ... ("Educational Information Campaign"), an organization dedicated to opposing Scientology, was established in the 1970s ... Taking an activist stance, it warned people not to get involved with Scientology, filed successful lawsuits against the Church of Scientology over its ...
Scientology - Celebrities
... See also Scientology and celebrities and List of Scientologists Hubbard envisaged that celebrities would have a key role to play in the dissemination of Scientology, and in 1955 launched Project Celebrity ... Today, Scientology operates eight churches that are designated Celebrity Centers, the largest of these being the one in Hollywood ... Edgar Winter, Tom Cruise, Chick Corea and Leah Remini have generated considerable publicity for Scientology ...
Scientology In Germany - Initiative To Ban Scientology
... it was reported that German authorities were increasing their efforts to monitor Scientology in response to the opening of a new Scientology headquarters in Berlin ... federal and state interior ministers expressed the opinion that the Scientology organization was continuing to pursue anti-constitutional goals, restricting "essential basic and human rights like ... Sabine Weber, president of the Church of Scientology in Berlin, called the accusations "unrealistic" and "absurd" and said that the German interior ministers' evaluation was based on "a few ...
Scientology In Germany
... The Church of Scientology has been present in Germany since 1970 ... Scientologists in Germany today the Church of Scientology gives a membership figure of around 12,000 ... The Church of Scientology has encountered particular antagonism from the German press and government and occupies a precarious legal, social and cultural position in Germany ...
Scientology In The United Kingdom - Official Inquiry
... An official inquiry into Scientology in the UK was carried out by Sir John G ... It concluded that it would be unfair to ban Scientology outright, but asked for legislation to ensure that psychotherapy in the United Kingdom is delivered in an ethical manner ... He regarded the Scientology version of "ethics" as inappropriate ...