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The religion of Scientology

In 1952 L. Ron Hubbard founded Scientology, a religion he official named the Church of Scientology, which began in New Jersey. Scientology is not recognized as an actual religion in many countries around the world, including Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. They point to their status as a tax exempt religion in the United States as proof that they are a real religion but there is constant disbelief, likely due to the fact that the church’s practices are shrouded in secrecy.

If you closely examine the core of Scientology it seems very much like a self help group, which wouldn’t be surprising since that’s what it was based on (Dianetics was a self help system written by L. Ron Hubbard). In short, the Scientology approach is to help you work through past traumas in hopes of freeing you of the effects they have on your ability to excel as a human being. It’s simple, elegant, and works for a great many people so there is no reason to criticize.