What is Scientology.

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A set of religious beliefs created some four decades ago, Scientology thrives on the ideology that individuals can -- on their own -- improve themselves by finding answers to their problems.

L. Ron Hubbard, the sole founder of the Church of Scientology, died on January 24th, 1986, but left behind a religion that would influence a great many and undergo an array of public scrutiny. But despite some of the negative stigmas the church endured, Hubbard maintained that the basic theory behind his religion is that "spiritual freedom can be attained only if the path outlined in these works is followed without deviation, for it is an intensively researched and workable route." Believers view Scientology as an applied religious philosophy with a goal of spiritual enlightenment, similar to Judeo-Christian practices. The latter, however, praises the existence of a greater being, whereas Scientology is guided by each individual and their desire to become enlightened and live a more fulfilling life.

Scientology is based on fundamental beliefs, such as the following:

All individuals have inalienable rights to their own lives;

All individuals have inalienable rights to their own sanity;

All individuals of whatever race, color, or creed were created with equal rights;

Survival depends upon the individual, their fellows and their attainment of brotherhood with the universe.

People will always seek ways to better themselves, be it by watching Dr. Phil or listening to Anthony Robbins, and this religion aims to help people do just that. Whether they want to improve their romantic relationships or be better parents, people are doing their best to help themselves and others. With a simple mission to rehabilitate the human spirit, Scientology sets itself apart on this path to "self-betterment" by putting each individual in charge of their own destiny and illumination. Another person...