WHAT IS SCIENTOLOGY? (CONTINUED...)
Scientology further holds man to be basically good, and that his spiritual salvation depends upon himself and his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe.
Scientology is not a dogmatic religion in which one is asked to believe anything on faith. An individual discovers for himself that Scientology works by applying its principles and observing or experiencing the results.
The ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for the individual.
Why is Scientology a religion?
Scientology meets all the criteria generally used by the world’s leading religious scholars when examining religions: (1) a belief in some Ultimate Reality, such as the Supreme Being or eternal truth that transcends the here and now of the secular world; (2) religious practices directed toward understanding, attaining or communicating with this Ultimate Reality; and (3) a community of believers who join together in the pursuit of the Ultimate Reality.
Scientology scripture recognizes that there is an entire dynamic (urge or motivation in life) devoted to the Supreme Being (the eighth dynamic) and another dynamic that deals solely with one’s urge toward existence as a spirit (the seventh dynamic). Scientology beliefs in an Ultimate Reality that transcends the material world include its concepts of the thetan, the spiritual world and the Supreme Being. Acknowledgment of these aspects of life is a traditional characteristic of religions.