The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has today expanded to more than 10,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.
Scientology comprises a vast body of knowledge extending from certain fundamental truths, and prime among those truths: Man is a spiritual being endowed with abilities well beyond those which he normally envisions. He is not only able to solve his own problems, accomplish his goals and gain lasting happiness, but he can achieve new states of awareness he may never have dreamed possible.
In one form or another, all great religions have held the hope of spiritual freedom—a condition free of material limitations and misery. The question has always been, however, how does one reach such a state, particularly while still living amidst a frantic and often overwhelming society?
Although modern life seems to pose an infinitely complex array of problems, Scientology maintains that the solutions to those problems are basically simple and within every man's reach. Difficulties with communication and interpersonal relationships, nagging insecurities, self-doubt and despair—each man innately possesses the potential to be free of these and many other concerns.
Scientology ultimately offers a pathway to greater freedom.
Who are Scientologists?
Scientologists come from all walks of life. They are concerned about social problems and support numerous social betterment programs, which provide successful drug-abuse rehabilitation, improve educational standards and help reduce crime and moral decay.
Scientologists know what it means to take responsibility for improving conditions around them. The humanitarian programs supported by the Church of Scientology and its parishioners are expanding at an unprecedented rate. Those programs include:
A Scientology Volunteer Ministers program that has initiated volunteer disaster relief efforts and other assistance on a global scale and whose corps of 203,000 active members who are on call at any time and any place in the world for any situation. During 2008, the Volunteer Ministers passed the milestone of 11 million people helped;
Scientologists have brought to light such issues as the enforced drugging of school children, the dangers of psychiatric brutalities such as electric shock treatment and lobotomy, and the chemical and biological warfare experiments secretly undertaken against unwitting American citizens in the 1960s and 1970s. The Church of Scientology also has championed the principle of open government and pioneered the use of the Freedom of Information Act and other access laws around the world to protect the public interest and eradicate government waste and human rights abuses.
The goal of the Church of Scientology is to improve society through our programs and activities and the active role we are taking in the world today.
The aims of the Scientology religion, as stated by L. Ron Hubbard are:
“A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.”
Church of Scientology Mission of Wichita & Dianetics Foundation