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The Church of Scientology was established in 1954 Today its more than 3000 churches missions related organizations groups and activities span the globe and minister the religion to more than 8 million people in 100 countries in over 30 languages The rapid emergence of the Scientology religion within the worlds changing spiritual community has led many to ask what kind of religion it is how it compares with other faiths and in what ways it is different What is its understanding of a Supreme Being and the spiritual aspects of life which transcend the temporal world What social and community work do Scientologists do and how do these activities relate to its greater religious purpose This volume provides answers to these and other such questions about the religion and its members In it leading scholars provide diverse and insightful perspectives into Scientology resulting in a unique and comprehensive overview of the religion The goal of the Scientology religion is to achieve complete certainty of ones spiritual existence ones relationship to the Supreme Being and his role in eternity In this regard countless authorities have affirmed that Scientology sits squarely within the tradition of the worlds major religions Why Why so much human suffering and misery Why was man with all his ancient wisdom and knowledge accumulated in learned texts and temples unable to solve such basic problems as war insanity and unhappiness By the age of nineteen long before the advent of commercial airplane or jet transportation he had traveled more than a quarter of a million miles including voyages not only to China but also Japan Guam the Philippines and other points in the Orient In a very real sense the world itself was his classroom and he studied in it voraciously recording what he saw and learned in his ever-present diaries which he carefully preserved for future reference Yet for all the wonders of these lands and all his respect for those
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