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Scientology There have been many disputes over the past four decades or so on the religion of Scientology Many people regard it as nothing more than a brainwashing cult Weldon 7 However there are tens of thousands believers of Scientology that will disagree This religion is the fastest growing religious movement over the last 40 years Cooper 1 The founder of Scientology was Lafayette Ronald Hubbard better known as L Ron Hubbard L Ron Hubbard was born in 1911 in Tildon Nebraska Cooper 1 He was an accomplished science fiction writer having his ideas expressed in more than 5000 writings Cooper 1 In 1923 Hubbard began his studies of the mind and spirit resulting in a manuscript entitled Excalibur in 1938 It was in this work that the word scientology was first introduced The word scientology comes from the Latin scio which means know or distinguish and from the Greek word logos which means reason itself or inward thought The word Scientology means the study of wisdom or knowledge Scientology is defined as the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself universes and other life Catechism 1 This work was never published because Hubbard said I decided to go further Hubbard 11 The going further resulted in Dianetics In his first book Excalibur Mr Hubbard discussed life and what life entailed There was no discussion of therapy to deal with life In the book Dianetics Hubbard not only discussed life but he also discussed ways that would work as therapy for all people to help them deal with the problems that all people deal with daily The word Dianetics comes from the Greek words dia meaning through and nous meaning soul and is defined as what the soul is doing to the body Cooper 1 Thus in 1947 Hubbard wrote a manuscript about Dianetics This work too was not published but it was circulated around by
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