Religious discussion in the workplace can often provide new insight into our co-workers. The discussion of religion can bring new ideas to minds unfamiliar with certain concepts or it may provoke arguments among those devout within their own religion. This paper will explore two of those religions basic principles and the possible impact upon the workplace overall and those people involved.
The Basics of Scientology
According to the official Scientology website, the word Scientology was brought to life by L. Ron Hubbard. It means knowing how to know. Scientology true definition in reference to the religion is defined as the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life. Some of the basics according to Hubbard are the following:
* Man is an immortal spiritual being.
* His experience extends well beyond a single lifetime.
* His capabilities are unlimited, even if not presently realized.
A new Scientologist will begin upon a path of self-enlightenment and learn by applying the principles set forth by Hubbard in 1951 and the resulting experiences will prove that this religion works. Hubbard maintains that the ultimate goals for each member are true spiritual enlightenment and freedom.
The Scientology website states how and why Scientology is a religion and why they consider themselves a church, "Scientology certainly meets all three criteria generally used by religious scholars around the world to determine religiosity: (1) a belief in some Ultimate Reality, such as the Supreme or eternal truth that transcends the here and now of the secular world; (2) religious practices directed toward understanding, attaining or communing with this Ultimate Reality; and (3) a community of believers who join together in pursuing this Ultimate Reality. A church is simply a congregation of people who participate in common religious activities. Church is...