Religion is constantly under changes, whether it be for on going social reasons that come with changing times, or changes within the group to adapt with modern ideas. Religion becomes even more versatile when it is based off completely new ideas that are taken from modern culture. Examples of these new modern religions is the mystical religion of Wicca, Christian Scientist, and the more secretive modern religion of Scientology. Scientology is not based on conventional church ideals that are more familiar in older more widely known religions such as Christianity or Catholicism.
Scientology is the modern religion based on the science fiction novelist L. Ron Hubbard. The goals of the Scientology is not to worship a specified deity but to discover the great question of “What are we put on this planet for?” Scientologists are given several creeds that are the instructions on how a follower is to live a good life, similar to the Ten Commandments in Christianity and Judaism. But because the religion is so secretive Outsiders are confused on if it is truly a religion or is actually a cult. Scientology though the religion seems secretive because of the meticulous process of entering the religion and non-conventional is greeted with misunderstanding and confusion. Describing the belief system and religious expression, two of the “Six Characteristics of Religion” one can break down the religion into analyzing two different aspects of the religion to get a more concise understanding of the religion.
Scientology was founded in 1954 based on the religious teachings of L. Ron Hubbard an American science fiction author. At first Hubbard's books were looked at as a new way to accomplish mental healing. The practicing of Scientology is focused on self work, what is known as the “thetan” what is commonly known as the “soul” in other religions.
Hubbard from the time he was nineteen traveled the world attempting to discover the workings of the human mind. A common misconception about the Church of Scientology is the fact that the religion is not a product of the Hubbard himself but actually by Scientologists who read Hubbard's six books on the human mind or what Scientologist call “Dianetics”.(scientology.org) The first Church of Scientology was founded in Los Angeles in 1954. Hubbard was completely absent from the religion until the 1960's when he began to write books and actually filmed instructive videos on how to reach higher spiritual awareness to teach new devotees.
The belief system of Scientologist is not focused on any particular god, goddess, or collection of gods, but focuses on the self. Beliefs are centered around the bettering of the “thetan” (which is based off the Greek letter theta) and resembles the more traditional religious concept of a soul. Scientology predominantly focus is on the self so what is considered more crucial traditionally in religions is altered in Scientology.
The focus of Scientology is on spiritual awareness and...