Scientology and the Substantive Definition of Religion

Scientology and the Comparative Definition of Religion

Scientology and the Functional Definition of Religion

Scientology and the Analytical Definition of Religion

Sharing a Body of Doctrine

Participation in Rituals and Acts of Devotion

Direct Experience of Ultimate Reality

Religious Knowledge

Consequences in Quotidian Life

Scientology and the Emic Definitions of Religions


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Finally, studies carried out by social scientists usually refer to Scientology as a religion, considering it part of the growing group of new religious movements.

[W]e can conclude that Scientology is a religion from all perspectives which exist in the current discussion of the definition of this term.

One of the first studies on Scientology, an article by Harriet Whitehead in the book Religious Movements in Contemporary America, places it within the “growing collection of religious movements totally outside of the Judeo-Christian tradition.” (1974:547)

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