Presented By: Alex Haro, Yvette Becerra, Brandon Cook, Jose Mendoza, and Armando Martinez Defined as. . . Scientology is a religious system based on the seeking of self knowledge and spiritual fulfillment through graded courses of study and training. ❏ Scientology is also considered an “applied religious philosophy” ❏ According to the founder of scientology, it is possible to be a scientologist as well as part of another religion Background History ❏ Created by L. Ron Hubbard ❏ The Modern Science of Mental Health ❏ Appeared in New York Times bestseller list for 26 consecutive weeks ❏ Interest in Hubbard’s teachings ❏ Los Angeles base of scientology Demographics ❏ Estimate of 10 million scientologists worldwide ❏ US most accurate estimate ❏ 8,000 churches ❏ over 20,000 staff ❏ 159 countries Where are they located? Who are they? Six Steps ❏ Go online/yellow pages ❏ Make appointment or walk in ❏ Orientation ❏ Buy a book (find some books) ❏ Ask about Dianetics ❏ “Clear” Ontological Beliefs Categories of Reality: -Physical World -Spirituality -reincarnation -A divine entity: INFINITY Religious or Spiritual Beliefs Belief in reincarnation -Counseling auditing: helps eliminate pain from within their mind from past lives or current life. CLEAR -Clear the mind in order to receive enlightenment called CLEAR where harmful thoughts have been wiped out and dealt with -One can reach infinity only after enlightenment/CLEAR has been received. Fun Fact -Members of the church have confessed to have signed One million year contracts with the church, this shows how devoted to the idea of reincarnation the affiliates are. Ethical Teachings ❏ “Ethics are the reason and the contemplation for optimal survival.” ❏ Ethics may be further defined as “the actions an individual takes on himself to ensure his continued survival across the dynamics” ❏ Change The World ❏ Remain True to Yourself ❏ Use auditing to cleanse the mind “No man who is not himself honest can be free—he is his own trap. When his own deeds cannot be disclosed then he is a prisoner; he must withhold himself from his fellows and is a slave to his own conscience.” -L. Ron Hubbard http://www.scientology.org/ Epistemological Beliefs -All their beliefs and practices are based on rigorous research. -Doctrine is in accordance with scientific law. -Empirical Evidence The secrets of scientology BBC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwPMHM3qC9w Core Values Scientologists believe that every individual action is driven by our urge to survive. The 8 Dynamics of Survival: one can only reach the next level in a satisfactory way if the previous level is taken care of. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Self Creativity: the family unit, reproduction Group: survival as part of a group Species: survival as a species Life Forms: the urge to survive with the help of all life forms Matter Energy Space: Spiritual: urge to survive as spiritual beings Infinity: The allness of all, The creator 8 Dynamics Video Social Beliefs Freeing society of today’s worst problems ❏ War ❏ Drug abuse ❏ Illiteracy ❏ Materialistic philosophy ❏ Immorality ❏ Crime Scientology and the World ❏ Excluded from the world and very private(secretive) ❏ They feel like they are responsible for helping out society ❏ Very anti-media and very secretive when it comes to the information that is being taught to its members Sacred Texts ❏ No sacred texts ❏ Follow teachings of L Ron Hubbard Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health Cultural Practices • • • • Scientology some members work for the church and live in compounds If you leave the group/religion you are completely cut off from the group https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4PDZt74 adg Religious Artifacts Electropsychometer → "religious artifact" the e-meter can measure person's mental state. → historically it was believed to knock out the engrams, cure blindness and even improve a person's intelligence and appearance. → Auditing: it is used to “clear” the individual of negativity → In order to clear the persons negative conscious Average Education Range Range of the average member: → Higher education: bachelors, masters postdoctoral and beyond → Scientology is a literate faith that requires the reading of numerous texts → It is common for members to pursue scientology studies with in the church at levels that are compared to a postdoctoral degrees Educational Programs ❏ Ron Hubbard’s Study Technology is now available to educators and students through over 1,000 Applied Scholastics groups, in 72 nations Peace and Stability ❏ Ultimate goal is to reach absolute freedom and happiness. → accomplished through coursework, activities, and auditing ❏ Their vision is to have a world free from war, crime, drug abuse, illiteracy, and the materialism, which is typically the norm in western cultures. Minority and Majority Status ❏ Attempt to reach out to all individuals regardless of race or gender ❏ Their hope is to become a dominant world view Forms of Oppression Case Studies: ❏ New York: Noah Lottick jumped off a hotel the 10th floor of a hotel and died ❏ Spend thousands of dollars on counseling, and “donations” ❏ His family believes his affiliation to the church drove him to his death Integration with Society The scientology community is welcoming of all interested individuals Issues ❏ L Ron Hubbard & ❏ “Rip off” ❏ “Fair Game” ❏ Secretivity Current Issues ❏ Human Trafficking ❏ Sea Organization- religious order ❏ Members are leaving ❏ unhappy bloggers ❏ “Independent Scientology” ❏ tired of David Miscavige’s leadership ❏ “Guaranteeing Scientology as a Force For Good” Works Cited "FBI's Scientology Investigation: Balancing the First Amendment with Charges of Abuse and Forced Labor." N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2014. "Library." Gender and Sexuality. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2014. 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