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Scientology Frequently Asked Questions

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Scientology is becoming a common topic for news and rumor.  Find answers to some of the most common questions about Scientology, particularly those related to news stories and criticisms of the religion.

Q: How Much Does Scientology Cost?

A:  The financial cost of Scientology depends upon how involved one plans to be. Some people buy nothing more than the book Dianetics... However, Scientologists who are interested in accomplishing the major goals of Scientology – to become Clear and develop their capabilities as Operating Thetans – should expect to be investing heavily in their spirituality. Costs can vary considerably depending upon the needs of the individual, but a rough estimate suggests you’ll be paying $128,000 to reach Clear, another $33,000 to reach OT III, and an additional $100,000 to $130,000 to reach OT VIII...Read more

Q: Why is Scientology Against Psychiatric Treatments?

A:...The Church of Scientology does not encourage people to eschew medical treatment entirely. They recognize that medical doctors should treat legitimate medical ailments, while Scientologists can address its spiritual causes. However, they largely do not recognize psychiatric disorders as having physical roots. Instead, they view them as being entirely spiritual in nature and, thus, requiring only spiritual treatment such as auditing...Read more

Q: Who or What is Xenu?

A: The Church of Scientology accept that intelligent life exists throughout the universe and has for millions of years. Xenu, a galactic overlord, features prominently in their mythology. Xenu's actions have direct influence on how humanity on Earth has developed...Read more

Q: Is Scientology a Cult?

A: Opponents of Scientology commonly label it as a dangerous cult. Using these guidelines for determining a dangerous cult, let's see how the Church of Scientology actually stacks up...Read more

Q: What is a Suppressive Person?

A: According to a Scientology website: "A suppressive person is a person who seeks to suppress any betterment activity or group. The suppressive person, also called an antisocial personality, works to upset, continuously undermine, spread bad news and denigrate other people and their activities...Read more

Q: What is Fair Game?

A: The Church of Scientology enacted the Fair Game policy in 1967, which stated that suppressive persons (SPs) "[m]ay be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."...Read more

Q: What Is Auditing?

A: Auditing is a central practice in Scientology through which a practitioner is cleared of negative influences known as engrams in order to heighten spiritual awareness and access currently untapped potential...Read more

Q: What is Silent Birth?

A: Silent birth is a practice in which sounds, particularly speech, are kept to a minimum during childbirth. The goal is to bring the newborn into as calm and quiet a situation as possible. This originates in the Scientology belief that trauma – which is inherent in the birthing process – imprints engrams that must later be removed...read more

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