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V. Conclusion

Religion is concerned with the spiritual nature of man, and with the object of his worship, whether God or Absolute or Buddha.

The statement on Doctrine and Practice in The Scientology Religion begins with a brief affirmation of its spiritual nature and proceeds at once to consider the background of the movement, with special sections on Hinduism and Buddhism. Clearly the Founder and later workers have been affected by their reading of these Asian religions, and in this they reflect widespread trends of modern thought. For over a century the influence of Asian, particularly Indian, ideas has been powerful in Europe and America, and this must affect the understanding of religion. Religion is concerned with the spiritual nature of man, and with the object of his worship, whether God or Absolute or Buddha. As Scientology develops it may emphasise more the place of the Supreme Being, as not only the goal but the source and the sustaining power of all man’s endeavour. As it is, the pervasive teaching of the spiritual nature of man and his indestructible inner essence is in accordance with much in some of the major religions of the world.

The pervasive teaching of the spiritual nature of man and his indestructible inner essence is in accordance with much in some of the major religions of the world.

Geoffrey Parrinder
1977

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