Scientology Essay

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Charles Tripicchio Soc 185 Scientology December 5, 2010 There are plenty of religions in the world. The more widely known religions focusing basically on a creator that made the universe for whatever reason and may or may not interact within the universe. Regardless or religious belief, they all have a founder and places they consider holy to the religion. From my first glance of scientology, I feel that it is an ecclesia and will read more about it. While scientology is not considered a religion on this table, I feel it still lacks things other religions have and believe also that things it claims are facts have been claimed to be wrong through science. I believe it is a sect because they seem to have religious ideas but they also seem to charge incredible amounts of money for you to get into the church and even more money to move higher up. It would seem that a caring religion would avoid charging these prices but perhaps the money goes to charity or something, I wouldn’t know. However, scientology also claims that ‘the practice of psychiatry is destructive and abusive and must be abolished.’(1,2) Along with “conflicting statements about L. Ron Hubbard's life, in particular accounts of Hubbard discussing his intent to start a religion for profit and of his service in the military.”(3) From my current observations, I can only conclude that scientology is no religion but indeed a profit bent organization profiting off people’s confusing and despair masking its name as a New Religious Movement (or group). Bibliography 1. By. "Scientology: 'Religion' a Thriving Cult of Greed, Power - TIME." Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - Web. 05 Dec. 2010. <,9171,972865,00.html>. 2. Kent, Stephen A "Scientology – Is this a Religion?" (1999). Retrieved 05

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