Scientology News: Church President Describes Basic Beliefs of the Scientology Religion

Scientology is an applied religious philosophy, says Ivan Arjona, President of the National Church of Scientology of Spain. It not only helps the individual gain an understanding of his spiritual nature, it also provides tools to resolve the problems and challenges of day-to-day life.

​​The Church of Scientology of Spain, an imposing and iconic 51-thousand square-foot,  five-story building, stands in the heart of Madrid within walking distance of the Congress of Deputies (the Spanish parliament). It is an elegant reflection of the country’s rich architectural traditions.

Church president, Mr. Ivan Arjona, invites people to learn how the Scientology religion can help them accomplish their own goals and ambitions by taking a self-guided tour of the Church’s state-of-the-art Public Information Center, where more than 500 video presentations introduce them to the basic principles of Scientology and the life and legacy of Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

"Scientology is not a religion in which one prays and asks something of a God. Rather, it is something that works, and its principles and theoretical precepts are applicable in everyday life.

Ivan Arjona, Church President

For those living far from a Church of Scientology, Arjona points out that many of these video presentations are also available online in 17 languages through the Scientology Website—

Dedicated in September 2004 by Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion and Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center, the Church was granted full religious recognition in Spain in October 2007 and was recognized as a social non-profit organization in 2009.

Arjona describes Scientology as an applied religious philosophy of life. “Scientology is not a religion in which one prays and asks something of a God,” says Arjona. “Rather, it is something that works, and its principles and theoretical precepts are applicable in everyday life.

“Etymologically, Scientology is the study of knowledge, and its goal is for the individual—as a spiritual being and not simply as a physical body—to achieve the highest possible degree of self-sufficiency and independence through learning to know himself. In other words, Scientology seeks to ‘wake up’ the individual from his or her slumber and to enable him to awaken others so they may regain their true spiritual nature.”

Arjona explains that Scientology “seeks to make people aware of their existence, their capabilities and infinite goodness, because in the end, we are all here to be of help to others. Scientology is an infinite path to happiness, having a functional map indicating the way to go.”

Arjona shares a personal example of the universal application of Scientology principles. He was able to use his knowledge of Scientology basics to reconcile members of his family—none of them Scientologists—who had distanced themselves from one another. “That proved to me that the methods of Scientology are effective, whether people ‘believe’ them or not,” he says.

To learn more about Scientology visit the Scientology website.



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