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Scientology follows a long tradition of religious practice. Its roots are in the deepest beliefs of all great religions. Scientology is based on wisdom from 50,000 years ago, but is a fairly new religion introduced by the founder, L. Ron Hubbard . It was introduced in the early 1950's but is recently becoming a respected and recognized religion. Scientology's development and rapid spread was made possible by advances in the physical sciences through the first half of the twentieth century. In 1950 Hubbard released his discoveries in the book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. It became a nationwide best-seller almost overnight.

Scientology focuses on the fundamental laws of life and a workable technology that can be applied to help one achieve a happier and more spiritual existence. Scientology is something that one does, not just something believed in. Infinite higher states of spiritual clarification can be attained through courses and "auditing," which is done with the use of a lie detector-like device called an E-Meter.

Most individuals have no real understanding of the factors governing their life. If they had a better understanding of themselves and their existence, they would be able to improve their life conditions and live much happier. The purpose of Scientology is to enable man to improve his life through understanding. Man knows too much about his surroundings rather than himself. This is why there is so much poverty and destitution throughout the world. Scientology supplied workable methods of application which made it possible for man to reach the ancient goal he has been striving toward for thousands of years: to know himself and, in knowing himself, to know and understand other people and, ultimately, life itself. Scientology represents man's first real application of scientific tact to spiritual questions. Scientology symbolizes a restoration...