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IS SCIENTOLOGY A RELIGION?

i.i. What Do We Mean By Religion?

This consultation cannot give rise to a basic discussion on the definition of religion. We may nevertheless have an operational viewpoint and agree on a minimum number of characteristics found in most religions. We are aware that this view provisionally ignores the discussion on the definition of religion imposed by new forms of religion. With Bryan Wilson we can agree that a religion includes:

  • A cosmology in which the universe takes on a meaning regarding one or more supernatural forces. The conception of Man exceeds the boundaries of his terrestrial existence. There is a before and an after. The finite character of Man is not accepted.
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    Régis Dericquebourg Professor, Sociology of Religion, University of Lille III, Lile, France
     
     
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