Scientology

Régis Dericquebourg

Professor, Sociology of Religion

University of Lille III

Lille, France



III. HOW DO SCIENTOLOGISTS VALIDATE THEIR CREEDS?

 

III. VI. REFERENCES TO SCIENCE

     In our interviews we found no references to accredited sciences as proofs for the doctrine or the technology of the Scientologists. This is in direct contrast with:

     a. The expert knowledge required by leadership and mentioned above.

     b. L. Ron Hubbard’s statement that “I have to face up to the fact that we have come to the point where science and religion meet, and from now on we should stop pretending to have exclusively material aims. We cannot treat the human soul if we close our eyes to this fact.”8

     We can form the hypothesis that:

     a. Compatibility with the accredited sciences is an official doctrine considered as an accepted fact and which Scientologists do not feel the need to justify. Or,

     b. The legitimation of this belief is a question of personal experience rather than attachment to an official position.

     c. That Scientological technology replaces science.

     We should also note that the Church of Scientology has changed from its formative years. It describes itself as a specific religious movement; the legitimacy that the Church seeks nowadays is less positioned on a scientific level than before.

 



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