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Scientology: Celebrating 65 Years of Spiritual Freedom

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.”

L. Ron Hubbard in Phoenix, Arizona, 1954
L. Ron Hubbard in Phoenix, Arizona, 1954

Less than four years since 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 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 February 18, 1954, he had achieved these goals and recorded his trail of research and discovery through than 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.

Spiritual headquarters of the Scientology religion in Clearwater, Florida
Spiritual headquarters of the Scientology religion in Clearwater, Florida

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 the more people beginning their journey in Scientology than at any time in history.

And, with the opening of 70 new Scientology Churches from Los Angeles to London, Bogotá to Berlin and Tel Aviv to Tokyo, under the leadership of Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiatical 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.”

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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