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Taken from the recently published book _What is Scientology?_, the
following file answers a wide variety of questions on Scientology,
from the philosophy itself, to it's founder, to the Church and its
organizations around the world. (The book _What is Scientology?_ is 
available in ASCII form via anonymous FTP from FTP.PCNET.COM out 
of the directory /users/brianw/wis. It is also available in 
paperback in many bookstores and in hardback in many public libraries 
around the world.)

(Note: In the orginal text, italics were used to show emphasis or to
 indicate that a word is being defined. Italics denoting emphasis 
 are shown here with *asterisks* surrounding the word, and italicized
 words that were being defined, are shown here with 'single quotes'.
 My comments are in [square brackets].)

                    "A SCIENTOLOGY CATECHISM" 
                          [File 1 of 3]
               Part Nine of _What is Scientology?_
     Copyright (c) 1992, Church of Scientology International

1. ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS                   [Located in file 1 of 3]

   1.1  What does the word 'Scientology' mean?                 
   1.2  What is Scientology about?                             
   1.3  How did Scientology start?
   1.4  How come it's all based on one man's work?
   1.5  Why is Scientology called a religion?
   1.6  Why is Scientology a church?

2. WHAT SCIENTOLOGY DOES FOR THE INDIVIDUAL      [Located in file 1 of 3]

   2.1  How does Scientology work?
   2.2  What does Scientology accomplish?
   2.3  What claims are made for Scientology?
   2.4  How do people get into Scientology?

3. SCIENTOLOGY AND OTHER PRACTICES               [Located in file 1 of 3]

   3.1  Is Scientology like hypnotism, meditation, psychotherapy or
        other mental therapies?
   3.2  Is Scientology a secret society?
   3.3  In what way does Scientology differ from other religions 
        and religious philosophies?
   3.4  Does Scientology interfere with other religions?
   3.5  What does Scientology think of other religions?
   3.6  What does Scientology have to say about Christianity?

4. SCIENTOLOGY BELIEFS                          [Located in file 1 of 3]

   4.1  Is man a spirit?
   4.2  How does one know man is a spirit?
   4.3  What is the Scientology concept of God?
   4.4  Can't God be the only one to help man?
   4.5  Does Scientology believe in brotherly love?
   4.6  Why do Scientologists want to help people?
   4.7  Does Scientology recognize good and evil?
   4.8  Does Scientology believe man is sinful?
   4.9  Will Scientology put man in control of his mind?
   4.10  Is Scientology about the mind?
   4.11  Does Scientology believe in mind over matter?
   4.12  Does Scientology believe one can exist outside of the 
   4.13  Does Scientology believe in reincarnation or past lives?
   4.14  Does Scientology believe in charity and welfare?
   4.15  Does Scientology hold any political views?
   4.16  Can children participate in Scientology? How?
   4.17  What does Scientology say about the raising of children?
   4.18  Can one make up his own mind about Scientology?
   4.19  What is the Scientology cross?
   4.20  What religious holidays do Scientologists celebrate?

5. SCIENTOLOGY'S FOUNDER                         [Located in file 1 of 3]

   5.1  Is L. Ron Hubbard still alive?
   5.2  Who was L. Ron Hubbard?
   5.3  What was L. Ron Hubbard's role in the Church?
   5.4  Has L. Ron Hubbard's death affected the Church?
   5.5  How did L. Ron Hubbard rise above the reactive mind when
        others didn't?
   5.6  Did L. Ron Hubbard make a lot of money out of Scientology?
   5.7  Was L. Ron Hubbard a millionaire?
   5.8  How is it that one man could discover so much information?
   5.9  Do Scientologists believe that L. Ron Hubbard was Jesus 
   5.10  Did L. Ron Hubbard go Clear?

6. SCIENTOLOGY ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES            [Located in file 2 of 3]

   6.1  How do Scientologists view life?
   6.2  What moral codes do Scientologists live by?
   6.3  What is Scientology's view on drugs?
   6.4  Why are there so many young people on staff in Scientology?
   6.5  Do you have any special dietary laws or rules against 
        smoking or drinking in Scientology?
   6.6  Do Scientologists use medical doctors?
   6.7  In Scientology does one have to sacrifice one's 
   6.8  What benefits can one get from Scientology?
   6.9  What is Scientology's system of ethics?
   6.10  What does 'clear the planet' mean?
   6.11  What does 'suppressive person' mean?
   6.12  What is disconnection?
   6.13  Is Scientology a cult?
   6.14  Does Scientology engage in brainwashing or mind control?
   6.15  Does Scientology actively promote for new members?
   6.16  Does one really need Scientology to do well in life?
   6.17  Does one have to believe in Scientology?
   6.18  Why do Scientologists sometimes seem so intent on what 
         they are doing?
   6.19  What do the terms 'preclear', 'student' and 'auditor' 
   6.20  What is the E-Meter(R) and how does it work?

7. THE ORGANIZATIONS OF SCIENTOLOGY              [Located in file 2 of 3]

   7.1  Scientology is a philosophy. Why does it need to be 
   7.2  How many people work in a Scientology church?
   7.3  How is Scientology organized?
   7.4  Where are Scientology churches located?
   7.5  What does a Scientology church or mission actually do?
   7.6  What is the Office of Special Affairs?
   7.7  What is the Flag Service Organization?
   7.8  What is the Flag Ship Service Organization?
   7.9  What is the Sea Organization?
   7.10  Is it true that people in the Sea Org sign a billion-year
   7.11  Why does Scientology have ministers? Are all 
         Scientologists ministers?
   7.12  What are field staff members?
   7.13  Why is everything copyrighted and trademarked in 
  [7.14  Does the IRS recognize Church organizations as non-profit
         charitable organizations?]

8. CHURCH FUNDING                                 [Located in file 2 of 3]

   8.1  Why do Scientologists make donations?
   8.2  Why does one have to make donations to separate 
        organizations for their services?
   8.3  What about those who cannot afford to make donations for 
   8.4  Is the Church profit-making?
   8.5  How much does it cost to go Clear?
   8.6  How well paid are Scientology staff?
  [8.6  Are donations made to the Church of Scientology tax
        deductible in the United States?]

9. SCIENTOLOGY BOOKS                              [Located in file 2 of 3]

   9.1  What is the best book for a beginning Scientologist to 
   9.2  Are the books difficult to understand?
   9.3  Where can L. Ron Hubbard's books be purchased?
   9.4  What books should one read to get information about:
        9.4.1  Dianetics?
        9.4.2  Basic Scientology principles?
        9.4.3  Self-help, tests, and processes?
        9.4.4  Handling the residual effects of drugs and toxins?
        9.4.5  Basic principles of communication?
        9.4.6  Predicting human behavior and understanding people?
        9.4.7  How to increase success on the job?
        9.4.8  Basic principles of organization?
        9.4.9  Basic principles of management?
        9.4.10  The principles of ethics and how to use them to 
                live a more productive life?
        9.4.11  Study methods?
        9.4.12  Procedures to increase one's spiritual awareness 
                and abilities?
        9.4.13  Past lives and how they relate to this life?
        9.4.14  The application of basic Scientology technology to 
                help others improve their lives?
   9.5  How can one get happiness out of a book?

10. DIANETICS                                      [Located in file 2 of 3]

   10.1  What is Dianetics?
   10.2  What is the mind? Where is the mind?
   10.3  What is the difference between the analytical mind and the
         reactive mind?
   10.4  What is the difference between Scientology and Dianetics?

11. SCIENTOLOGY AND DIANETICS COURSES              [Located in file 3 of 3]

   11.1  What training should a person take first?
   11.2  What does one get out of Scientology and Dianetics 
   11.3  How are Scientology and Dianetics training different from
         studying philosophy or other religions?
   11.4  Should I get my auditing before I get trained?
   11.5  When can I take Scientology courses?
   11.6  How are Scientology courses run?
   11.7  When do I actually gain experience in auditing others?
   11.8  When can I take the Minister's Course?
   11.9  How long do courses take?
   11.10  Are Scientology Course Supervisors university trained?

12. SCIENTOLOGY AND DIANETICS AUDITING            [Located in file 3 of 3]

   12.1  What is the difference between the auditing and training
         routes in Scientology?
   12.2  Do all the people on staff in Scientology receive auditing
         as well as training?
   12.3  Why does one have to wait six weeks for auditing if one 
         has been habitually using drugs?
   12.4  Will antibiotics prevent me from getting auditing?
   12.5  Is it okay to take any sort of drugs when you are in 
   12.6  How many hours of auditing a day to people receive?
   12.7  Has the technology of auditing changed since the early 
         days of Scientology?
   12.8  What will I get out of auditing?
   12.9  Does auditing really work in all cases?
   12.10  What auditing handles physical pains or discomforts?
   12.11  What can auditing cure?
   12.12  Can one go exterior (be separate from the body) in 

13. THE STATE OF CLEAR                            [Located in file 3 of 3]

   13.1  What is Clear?
   13.2  How does one go Clear?
   13.3  How long does it take to go Clear?
   13.4  If one goes Clear, will he lose his emotions?
   13.5  What can you do when you are Clear?
   13.6  Are Clears perfect?
   13.7  Do Clears eat food and sleep?
   13.8  Do Clears get colds and get sick?
   13.9  If Clears no longer have a reactive mind, why do they 
         still need to get auditing?

14. THE STATE OF OPERATING THETAN               [Located in file 3 of 3]

   14.1  What is meant by Operating Thetan (OT)?
   14.2  How would you describe the state of Operating Thetan?
   14.3  Why are the OT materials confidential?

15. A SCIENTOLOGY CAREER                        [Located in file 3 of 3]

   15.1  Can one audit as a career?
   15.2  Of what value would it be to have my child trained as an 
   15.3  Can one make Scientology a career in some other way than 
         by being a minister?

16. SCIENTOLOGY IN SOCIETY                      [Located in file 3 of 3]

   16.1  I've heard that Scientologists are doing good things for 
         society. What are some specific examples?
   16.2  Is Scientology active in Black communities and countries?
   16.3  Do doctors, schools, social workers, businessmen and other
         professional people use Scientology?
   16.4  Why has Scientology sometimes been considered 
   16.5  Why has Scientology been to court a lot of times?
   16.6  Are there any laws against the practice of Scientology? 
         Has it been banned?
   16.7  How does Scientology view deprogrammers and groups that 
         attempt to force people to denounce their chosen religion?
   16.8  Why is Scientology opposed to psychiatry?
   16.9  Why do some people oppose Scientology?
   16.10  Is Scientology trying to rule the world?
   16.11  Can Scientology do anything to improve the world 



   1.1  What does the word 'Scientology' mean?

          The word 'Scientology' means "the study of knowledge" or
          "knowing about knowing" from the Latin word 'scio' which
          means "know" or "distinguish," and from the Greek word
          'logos' which means "study of," "reason itself" or
          "inward thought." So it means the study of wisdom or
          knowledge, or "knowing how to know." 'Scientology' is
          further defined as the study and handling of the spirit
          in relationship to itself, universes and other life. The
          word was coined by L. Ron Hubbard.

   1.2  What is Scientology about?

          Developed by L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology provides *exact*
          principles and practical technology for improving self-
          confidence, intelligence and ability. Scientology does
          not require faith or belief -- one can apply the
          principles and see for oneself if they work and are true.
          Scientology addresses the spirit -- not simply the body
          or mind -- and is therefore completely apart from
          materialistic philosophies which hold that man is a
          product of his environment, or his genes. 

          Scientology is a religion by its basic tenets, practice,
          historical background and by the definition of the word
          'religion' itself. It is recognized as such by courts in
          country after country around the world, including the
          highest courts in the United States, Australia, Germany,
          Sweden, Italy and many others. 

          All denominations are welcome in Scientology.

          Scientology is a *route*, a way, rather than a
          dissertation or an assertive body of knowledge.

          Through its drills and studies one may find the truth for
          oneself. It is the only thing that can show you who *you*
          really are. 

          The technology is therefore not expounded as something to
          believe but something to *do*.

   1.3  How did Scientology start?

          L. Ron Hubbard began his studies of the mind in 1923. In
          1947 he wrote a manuscript detailing some of his
          discoveries. It was not published at that time, but
          circulated among friends, who copied it and passed it on
          to others. (This manuscript was formally published in
          1951 as _Dianetics: The Original Thesis_ and later
          republished as _The Dynamics of Life_.) 

          As copies of the manuscript circulated, Mr. Hubbard began
          to receive an increasing flow of letters requesting
          further information and more applications of his new
          subject. He soon found himself spending all his time
          answering letters and decided to write a comprehensive
          text on the subject. 

          His first published article on the subject, "Terra Incog-
          nita: The Mind," appeared in the Winter/Spring 1950 issue 
          of "The Explorers Club Journal", followed by the book 
          _Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health_, which 
          was published May 1950. It became a nationwide best-seller 
          almost overnight. By late summer, people across the country 
          were not only reading the book, but were also organizing 
          their own groups for the purpose of applying Dianetics 
          techniques. The book has remained a best-seller ever since, 
          again becoming number one on the "New York Times" best-
          seller list, almost four decades after its initial publi-
          cation. It continues to appear on best-seller lists around 
          the world.

          During the course of thousands of hours of Dianetics
          counseling on thousands of individuals all over the
          country, incontrovertible evidence was amassed about the
          fundamentally spiritual nature of man.  L. Ron Hubbard
          himself had discovered early in his research that man was
          a spiritual being, inhabiting a body and using a mind.
          These discoveries led him to realize that he had entered
          the realm of religion.

          In 1954, the first Church of Scientology was formed in
          Los Angeles by a group of Scientologists. Within a few
          years churches had been formed across the country and
          around the world.

          In the years that followed, L. Ron Hubbard completed his
          research into the spiritual nature of man. Today, all of
          his writings on the subject are available to anyone who
          wishes to study Scientology. Although Mr. Hubbard
          departed his body in 1986, he is still with us in spirit
          and the legacy of his work continues to help people
          around the world.

   1.4  How come it's all based on one man's work?

          In the early 195Os, L. Ron Hubbard wrote: 

               "Acknowledgment is made to fifty
               thousand years of thinking men
               without whose speculations and
               observations the creation and     
               construction of Dianetics would not
               have been possible. Credit in
               particular is due to:

                    "Anaxagoras, Thomas Paine,     
                    Aristotle, Thomas Jefferson,   
                    Socrates, Rene' Descartes,
                    Plato, James Clerk Maxwell,
                    Euclid, Charcot, Lucretius,
                    Herbert Spencer, Roger Bacon,
                    William James, Francis Bacon,
                    Sigmund Freud, Isaac Newton, 
                    van Leeuwenhoek, Cmdr. Joseph  
                    Thompson (MC) USN, William A.
                    White, Voltaire, Will Durant,
                    Count Alfred Korzybski, and my
                    instructors in atomic and
                    molecular phenomena, mathe-
                    matics and the humanities at
                    George Washington University
                    and at Princeton."

   1.5  Why is Scientology called a religion?

          'Religion' is defined as "Any specific system of belief
          and worship, often involving a code of ethics and a
          philosophy...."  (_Webster's New World Dictionary, Third
          College Edition_).

          Religious philosophy implies study of spiritual manifes-
          tations, research on the nature of the spirit and study
          of the relationship of the spirit to the body; exercises
          devoted to the rehabilitation of abilities in a spirit.

          Scientology is a religion in the most traditional sense.
          It deals with man as a spirit and is distinguishable from
          material and nonreligious philosophies which hold man to
          be a product of material circumstances. Scientology does
          not demand blind faith, but endeavors to help the
          individual discover past experiences and shed the trauma
          and guilt (sin) which encumber him.

          The Church of Scientology also conducts basic services
          such as sermons at church meetings, christenings,
          weddings and funerals.

   1.6  Why is Scientology a church?

          The word 'church' comes from the Greek word 'kurios'
          meaning 'lord' and the Indo-European base 'kewe', "to be
          strong." Current meanings of the word include "a
          congregation," "ecclesiastical power as distinguished
          from the secular" and "the clerical profession; clergy." 

          The word 'church' is not only used by Christian
          organizations. There were churches ten thousand years
          before there were Christians, and Christianity itself was
          a revolt against the established church. In modern usage,
          people speak of the Buddhist or Moslem church, referring
          in general to the whole body of believers in a particular
          religious teaching. 

          A church is simply a congregation of people who
          participate in common religious activities; 'church' is
          also used to refer to the building where members of a
          religious group gather to practice their religion and
          attain greater spiritual awareness and well-being.

          Scientology helps man become more aware of God, more
          aware of his own spiritual nature and that of those
          around him. Scientology scriptures recognize that there
          is an entire dynamic (urge or motivation in life) devoted
          to the Supreme Being (the eighth dynamic), and another
          dynamic that deals solely with one's urge toward
          existence as a spirit (the seventh dynamic).
          Acknowledgment of these aspects of life is a typical
          characteristic of religions. Thus, Scientology is a
          religion and the use of the word 'church' when referring
          to Scientology is correct. 

          In the 1950s, Scientologists recognized that L. Ron
          Hubbard's technology and its results dealt directly with
          the freeing of the human spirit, and that greater
          spiritual awareness was routinely being achieved. There
          was no question in their minds that what they were
          dealing with was a religious practice; thus, in the early
          1950s, they voted that a church be formed to better serve
          the needs of Scientologists. The first church of
          Scientology was incorporated in 1954. Since that time,
          dozens of court rulings in many different countries have
          upheld the fact that Scientology is a religion.


   2.1 How does Scientology work?

          Scientology philosophy provides answers to many questions
          about life and death; it encompasses an exact, precisely
          mapped-out path. Through application of Scientology
          technology in an auditing session, a person is able to
          remove barriers and unwanted conditions and so become
          more himself. As a person progresses, he often reaches
          out to help others in the ways he has been helped. 

          In developing Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard found the means
          to develop a technology to free the human spirit and
          thereby allow man to really know himself. He thoroughly
          tested all of his procedures and recorded for future use
          those that proved most workable in bringing about
          uniformly predictable results. These comprise standard
          Scientology technology. 

          That which is real to the person himself is all one is
          asked to accept of Scientology. No beliefs are forced
          upon him. By training and processing, he finds out for
          himself the answers he is looking for in life.

   2.2  What does Scientology accomplish?

          Since Scientology is an 'applied religious philosophy',
          the stress is on application and workability. It
          addresses the individual and brings about self-improve-
          ment by increasing a person's awareness and ability to 
          handle life. It differs from other religious philosophies 
          in that it supplies the means through which a person can
          increase his ability to effectively handle the problems 
          and situations he and others face in life.

   2.3  What claims are made for Scientology?

          Scientology can increase a person's awareness and its
          application can help one to achieve greater happiness,
          self-confidence and ability. 

          Man has often been attracted to philosophies that sound
          plausible but which have no technology that can be
          applied to bring about desirable changes in one's life.
          Scientology and Dianetics, on the other hand, supply the
          tools with which an individual can improve his own life
          and the lives of those around him. 

          Scientology philosophy is based on the premise that man
          is basically good and that man can improve conditions in
          his life. However, Scientology cannot promise to do
          anything by itself. Only the individual can bring about
          his own improvement by applying Scientology tenets to
          himself, his life and others in his environment.

   2.4  How do people get into Scientology?

          Usually by word of mouth, often by reading a book or
          seeing promotional materials or taking a personality test
          at a church of Scientology. Sometimes by meeting a
          Scientologist and seeing that he has "something" -- a
          positive attitude toward life, certainty, self-confidence
          and happiness -- which they too would like.
          Fundamentally, people get into Scientology because they
          want to improve something in their lives or because they
          wish to help others improve themselves and thus make a
          better civilization.  


   3.1  Is Scientology like hypnotism, meditation, psychotherapy or 
        other mental therapies?

          There is no resemblance. In fact, it was as a result of
          L. Ron Hubbard's investigation of hypnotism and many
          other mental practices that he saw the need for practical
          answers to man's problems. In his book, _Dianetics: The
          Modern Science of Mental Health_, he wrote that he had
          found hypnotism and psychotherapy to be dangerous and
          impractical. Nearly all other methods of alleged menta]
          science are based on principles that are quite the
          opposite of those used in Scientology. They treat man as
          a "thing" to be conditioned, not as a spiritual being who
          can find answers to life's problems and who can improve

   3.2  Is Scientology a secret society?

          Not at all. Scientology churches are open -- you can go
          in at any time. Scientology literature is freely
          available to anyone. There is no demand for the
          individual to withdraw from society; on the contrary,
          Scientologists become *more* involved in life around
          them, as they want to take responsibility for improving

   3.3  In what way does Scientology differ from other religions 
        and religious philosophies? 

          Nearly all religious philosophies share a belief in
          helping man live a better life. In Scientology, this
          concept is expressed as one of the aims of the Church,
          which is to achieve a world without insanity, war and
          crime. While Scientology religious philosophy has much in
          common with other religions in this regard and in terms
          of its basic religious concepts and its outreach into the
          community with social reform programs, the most valuable
          asset that Scientology has to offer is a wealth of
          technology which brings about greater spiritual

          In Scientology there is no attempt to change a person's
          beliefs or to persuade him away from any religion to
          which he already belongs. Scientology helps people to
          achieve their goals: (1) through reading the materials
          contained in the books and publications; (2) through the
          unique counseling technology called auditing; (3) through
          training courses which utilize L. Ron Hubbard's
          discoveries in the field of education. Scientology makes
          it possible for *any* religion to attain its goals and is
          therefore a religion of religions.

   3.4  Does Scientology interfere with other religions? 

          Scientology is all-denominational in that it opens its
          membership to people of all faiths. Part of the Church's
          Creed states that "all men have inalienable rights to
          their own religious practices and their performance."
          Membership in Scientology does not mean that there is any
          necessity to leave your current church, synagogue, temple
          or mosque.

   3.5  What does Scientology think of other religions?

          Scientology respects all religions. Scientology does not
          conflict with other religions or other religious
          practices. Quite often Scientology church members
          rekindle a greater interest than ever in the subject of
          religions -- including the one of their birth.

   3.6  What does Scientology have to say about Christianity? 

          Scientologists hold the Bible as a holy work and have no
          argument with the Christian belief that Jesus Christ was
          the Savior of Mankind and the Son of God. We share
          Christ's goals for man's achievement of wisdom, good
          health and immortality. Christianity is among the faiths
          studied by Scientology ministerial students. There are
          probably many types of redemption. That of Christ was to


   4.1  Is man a spirit?

          Yes. Here's a short exercise you can do to find out for

          Close your eyes and get a picture of a cat.


          That which is looking at that cat is you, a spirit.

   4.2  How does one know man is a spirit?

          It is a matter that each individual must examine for
          himself. Scientologists believe man is more than a mind
          and body and that it is he, himself, the spirit, who can
          control his mind and body.

          Do you think your body would *do* anything by itself if
          it were not guided by you, the being?

   4.3  What is the Scientology concept of God?

          The Church has no dogma concerning God, and each person's
          concept is probably different. As a person becomes more
          aware of himself, others, the environment and God, each
          person attains his own certainty as to who God is and
          exactly what God means to him. The author of the universe
          exists. How God is symbolized or manifested is up to each
          individual to find for himself.

          In his book _Science of Survival_, L. Ron Hubbard writes:
          "No culture in the history of the world, save the
          thoroughly depraved and expiring ones, has failed to
          affirm the existence of a Supreme Being. It is an
          empirical observation that men without a strong and
          lasting faith in a Supreme Being are less capable, less
          ethical and less valuable to themselves and society. . .
          A man without an abiding faith is, by observation
          alone, more of a thing than a man."

   4.4  Can't God be the only one to help man?

          Scientologists take the maxim quite to heart that God
          helps those who help themselves. They believe that each
          person has the answers to the mysteries of life; all he
          requires is awareness of these answers, and this is what
          Scientology helps a person achieve. Man is accustomed to
          asking for pat answers. Scientology requires that the
          person think for himself and thus help himself become
          more intelligent, happy and healthy.

   4.5  Does Scientology believe in brotherly love?

          Yes, and perhaps goes a step further. L. Ron Hubbard
          wrote that "To love is the road to strength. To love in
          spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very
          well be the greatest secret in this universe."

   4.6  Why do Scientologists want to help people?

          For several reasons. First, because Scientologists
          themselves have been helped enormously -- and they want
          others to share the same successes. Second,
          Scientologists understand that life is not lived alone.
          An individual has more than just one dynamic (the urge to
          survive as self). He wants to help his family, his
          groups, mankind itself and living things survive better.

   4.7  Does Scientology recognize good and evil?

          Yes, in Scientology, a very clear distinction is made
          between good and evil. Those actions which enhance
          survival on the majority of the eight aspects or dynamics
          of life are good, and those which destroy or deny these
          aspects of life are evil. Decisions are then based on
          enhancing the majority of these dynamics of life. 

          'Good' may be defined as constructive. 'Evil' may be
          defined as destructive.  

   4.8  Does Scientology believe man is sinful? 

          It is a basic tenet of Scientology that man is basically
          good, but that he is aberrated (capable of erring or
          departing from rational thought or behavior) and
          therefore commits harmful acts or sins, thus reducing his
          awareness and potential power. 

          Through Scientology he can confront his actions, erase
          the ignorance and aberration which surrounds them and
          know and experience truth again. 

          All religions seek truth. Freedom of the spirit is only
          to be found on the road to truth. 

          Sin is composed, according to Scientology, of lies and
          hidden actions and is therefore untruth.

   4.9  Will Scientology put one in control of his mind?

          Yes. As you are a spiritual being, quite separate from
          your mind and your body, Scientology will help *you*
          achieve a far better command over your mind, just as it
          helps you to intelligently control all aspects of your

   4.10  Is Scientology about the mind? 

          No. Scientology is about the individual himself as
          separate and distinct from the mind. Dianetics concerns
          the mind and contains the most advanced technology of the
          mind man has.

   4.11  Does Scientology believe in mind over matter? 

          Scientology addresses you -- not your mind, not your
          body, but you.

          Scientologists have found that the spirit is
          *potentially* superior to material things, and that the
          spirit, i.e. you, if cleansed of past traumas,
          transgressions and aberrations, can make miraculous
          changes in the physical universe that would not otherwise
          be possible.

   4.12  Does Scientology believe one can exist outside of the 

          Before entering Scientology many people experience the
          feeling of looking down on one's body, and by achieving
          greater spiritual awareness through Scientology, this
          experience becomes nothing out of the ordinary.
          Scientology believes that man is not his body, his mind
          or his brain. He, a spiritual force, energizes the
          physical body and his life.

          Scientology proved, for the first time, that man was a
          spiritual being, not an animal.

   4.13  Does Scientology believe in reincarnation or past lives?

          Reincarnation is a definite system and is not part of
          Scientology. It is a fact that unless one begins to
          handle aberrations built up in past lives, he doesn't

          The definition of the term 'reincarnation' has been
          altered from its original meaning. The word has come to
          mean "to be born again in different life forms," whereas
          its actual definition is "to be born again into the flesh
          or into another body." 

          Today in Scientology, many people have certainty that
          they have lived lives prior to their current one. These
          are referred to as past lives, not as reincarnation.

          Individuals are free to believe this or not; past lives
          are not a dogma in Scientology, but generally Scientolo-
          gists, during their auditing, experience a past life and
          then *know* for themselves that they have lived before. 

          To believe one had a physical or other existence prior to
          the identity of the current body is not a new concept --
          but it is an exciting one. 

          In Scientology, you are given the tools to handle upsets
          and aberrations from past lives that adversely affect you
          in present time, thus freeing you to live a much happier

   4.14  Does Scientology believe in charity and welfare?

          It does. However, Scientologists also believe in the
          principle that exchange is necessary. If a person only
          receives and never gives, he will not be a happy person
          and will lose his own self-respect. Therefore, any
          Scientology-sponsored charity programs also encourage
          those receiving the charity to make some form of
          contribution by helping others so that self-respect can
          be maintained.

   4.15  Does Scientology hold any political views?

          Scientology is nonpolitical. By its Creed, "All men have
          inalienable rights to conceive, choose, assist or support
          their own organizations, churches and governments."
          Scientologists are free to hold their own political
          views, vote for the candidates of their choice, etc., and
          are not given direction from the Church as to what
          position to take on political issues or candidates. The
          Church believes there should be separation of church and

   4.16  Can children participate in Scientology? How?

          Yes, there are many children who participate in
          Scientology. There are no age restrictions as to who can
          take Scientology courses or receive auditing. Some
          churches also deliver special courses and study programs
          specifically designed for young people. If the person is
          below the legal age, he must first get written consent
          from his parents or guardian to take Scientology
          services. Scientologists generally want their children to
          have Scientology available to them so are quite agreeable
          to have their children take Scientology services.

   4.17  What does Scientology say about the raising of children?

          L. Ron Hubbard has written a great deal about raising
          children. In Scientology, children are recognized as
          people who should be given all the respect and love
          granted adults.

          Scientologists believe children should be encouraged to
          contribute to family life, not just be "seen and not
          heard" as the old saying goes. Children are spiritual
          beings, and as such they need to exchange with those
          around them in order to thrive and live productive, happy
          lives. For more information on handling children, the
          book _Child Dianetics_ and the course "How to Be a
          Successful Parent" are recommended.

          Most children raised in good Scientology homes are above
          average in ability and quickly begin to understand how
          and why people act as they do. Life thus becomes a lot
          safer and happier for them.

   4.18  Can one make up his own mind about Scientology?

          One can and indeed one should. Scientology enables you to
          think for yourself. There is no purpose served in
          studying Scientology because someone else wants you to.
          But if you've taken a good look at your life and have
          decided that you want to make it better, the best thing
          is to start and find out for yourself what Scientology
          can do for you. One should read one of the basic books by
          L. Ron Hubbard, such as _Dianetics: The Modern Science of
          Mental Health_ or _Scientology: The Fundamentals of

          What is real in Scientology for you is what you find in
          it that is real for you.

   4.19  What is the Scientology cross?

          It is an eight-pointed cross representing the eight parts
          or dynamics of life through which each individual is
          striving to survive. These parts are: the urge toward
          existence as self, as an individual; the urge to survive
          through creativity, including the family unit and the
          rearing of children; the urge to survive through a group
          of individuals or as a group; the urge toward survival
          through all mankind and as all mankind; the urge to
          survive as life forms and with the help of life forms
          such as animals, birds, insects, fish and vegetation; the
          urge to survive of the physical universe, by the physical
          universe itself and with the help of the physical
          universe and each one of its component parts; the urge to
          survive as spiritual beings or the urge for life itself
          to survive; the urge toward existence as infinity. To be
          able to live happily with respect to each of these
          spheres of existence is symbolized by the Scientology

          As a matter of interest, the cross as a symbol predates

   4.20  What religious holidays do Scientologists celebrate?

          Scientologists celebrate several major holidays annually.
          These include the birthday of L. Ron Hubbard (March 13);
          the date marking the initial publication of _Dianetics_
          (May 9); Auditor's Day, in honor of all auditors (second
          Sunday in September); and the International Association
          of Scientologists Anniversary, to mark the founding of
          this organization which unites, supports and protects the
          Scientology religion and Scientologists in all parts of
          the world (October 7). 

          Additionally, each local country or area may observe its
          own significant dates, such as the founding of the church
          in its area or the opening of the first Dianetics or
          Scientology organization in that country. Members of the
          Church also observe traditional religious holidays such
          as Christmas.


   5.1  Is L. Ron Hubbard still alive?

          No. L. Ron Hubbard passed away on January 24, 1986, but
          he remains with us in spirit and through the legacy of
          his technology and its continual application around the

   5.2  Who was L. Ron Hubbard?

          L. Ron Hubbard is the Founder of Dianetics and
          Scientology and the author of its scriptures. His
          research on the mind and life is recorded in the tens of
          millions of words on the subject of the human spirit
          which comprise Dianetics and Scientology philosophy. His
          works cover subjects as diverse as drug rehabilitation,
          education, marriage and family, success at work,
          administration, art and many other aspects of life.

          His best-selling self-help book _Dianetics: The Modern
          Science of Mental Health_ alone has sold millions and
          millions of copies and has continued to appear on the New
          York Times and other best-seller lists around the world
          over four decades after its original publication. 

          Testimony to the applicability and workability of his
          discoveries are the millions of happy and successful
          people and the hundreds of Dianetics and Scientology
          churches, missions and groups internationally. 

          L. Ron Hubbard dedicated his life to helping others. He
          saw that times needed to change, and he created a
          workable technology so that needed changes could occur
          for millions of people. He departed his body on January
          24, 1986 leaving with us his life's work which is
          continued today through the application of his
          discoveries which help millions around the world.

   5.3  What was L. Ron Hubbard's role in the Church?

          L. Ron Hubbard founded the Scientology philosophy. A
          group of Scientologists then formed the first Church of
          Scientology in Los Angeles in 1954. 

          Mr. Hubbard ran the early Dianetics and Scientology
          organizations until 1966, when he retired from running
          them on a day-to-day basis and turned this function over
          to Scientology Church executives. He continued to take an
          interest in the Church's expansion and advised on 
          administrative matters when specifically asked for
          advice, but he mainly spent his time researching the
          upper levels of Scientology and codifying the technology.

   5.4  Has L. Ron Hubbard's death affected the Church?

          L. Ron Hubbard recorded the results of all his research
          in writing, on film or in taped lectures so that the
          technology would be preserved. As a result, Scientology
          has continued to expand, and its future survival is

          All great religious leaders of the past have died. Their
          work flourishes. Men die. Wisdom and ideas do not.

   5.5  How did L. Ron Hubbard rise above the reactive mind when 
        others didn't?

          He applied to himself the principles he had found.

   5.6  Did L. Ron Hubbard make a lot of money out of Scientology?

          No. He received no royalties from the fees paid to
          Scientology organizations for training and processing. In
          fact, L. Ron Hubbard forgave Scientology churches a
          thirteen-million-dollar debt in 1966 when he retired as
          Executive Director.

          He made his money from the royalties on his books. One
          book alone, _Dianetics_, has sold *millions* of copies, 
          and his total book sales of both fiction and nonfiction are
          in excess of one hundred million copies around the world,
          including more than twenty national best-sellers in the
          1980s. In fact, Mr. Hubbard's books still sell by the
          millions each year and the royalties from the sale of
          these books and his life's fortune were willed to the
          Church to help ensure the future application of his
          technology to the betterment of mankind.

   5.7  Was L. Ron Hubbard a millionaire?

          L. Ron Hubbard was one of those fortunate people who
          never made problems over money. He inherited some wealth
          at an early age, but in the early 193Os became one of the
          highest paid writers in America long before _Dianetics_. 

          He was a millionaire several times over from his book
          royalties. His public book sales continue to be

   5.8  How is it that one man could discover so much information?

          He simply cared enough to want it and had the
          intelligence and persistence to research and find it. 

          Few men have been trained in all the Eastern philosophies
          and in the highest levels of Western science as well. 

          Knowing that his research was only as valuable as it
          provided workable solutions to man's problems, he tested
          all of his discoveries and found the most effective
          methods for applying the results of his research. His
          workable methods enabled him to continue research into
          higher and higher realms of spiritual awareness.

   5.9  Do Scientologists believe that L. Ron Hubbard was Jesus 

          No.  L. Ron Hubbard personally stated he was a man as
          others are men. He was a much-loved friend and teacher
          and continues to be respected and loved.

   5.10  Did L. Ron Hubbard go Clear?

          Yes. In order to map the route for others he had to make
          it himself.

                  End of "A SCIENTOLOGY CATECHISM"  
                           [File 1 of 3]
                 Part Nine of _What is  Scientology?_
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