Scientology: Celebrating 65 Years of Spiritual Freedom

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Today marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Church of Scientology. Now thriving on six continents, the Scientology religion is experiencing greater expansion than in any time in its history.

“You are a spirit,” wrote L. Ron Hubbard in 1954. “You are your own soul. You are not mortal. You can be free.” 

Less than four years after the publication of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, a group of Scientologists in Los Angeles incorporated the first Church of Scientology when it was clear to them that this new subject was most definitely a religion. 

In the final chapter of Dianetics, published in May 1950, Mr. Hubbard set two goals: “further research into life force” and “an effort to discover a higher echelon of universal origin and destination.” 

By Feb. 18, 1954, he had achieved these goals and recorded his trail of research and discovery through 450 recorded lectures and seven additional books.

What he had accomplished led the subject directly into the realm of religion. By developing processes capable of exteriorization — the separation of the spirit from the body — he proved that Man is an immortal spiritual being.

Continuing his work, he provided a complete record of his research into the enigma of existence, the riddle of death and his mapping of a route to spiritual freedom — all of it preserved for future generations.

Since that day 65 years ago, the church has expanded throughout the world. The founder’s books are now available in 50 languages. There are millions of members and churches, missions and groups in 167 countries.

The launch of the Scientology Network in March 2018 made the religion accessible to anyone, anywhere, resulting in more people beginning their journey in Scientology than at any time in history.

The church has opened 70 new churches from Los Angeles to LondonBogotá to Berlin and Tel Aviv to Tokyo in the past few years.

Under the leadership of Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, the church has experienced greater expansion in the last decade than in the previous 50 years combined. 

“For countless ages, a goal of religion has been the salvage of the human soul,” wrote L. Ron Hubbard in Phoenix in 1954. “Man can save his soul. Like the bright cool dawn after a night of prison and of thunder, Man can taste that freedom sought so long ... We are extending to you the precious gift of freedom and immortality — factually, honestly. You are a spirit, You are your own soul. You are not mortal. You can be free.”



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The Church of Scientology International (CSI) is the Mother Church of the Scientology religion. With headquarters in Los Angeles, CA, CSI provides overall planning, direction and support to the network of Churches, Missions and groups.

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