I’m always happy to answer any questions about Scientology. If you are researching Scientology, are wondering what it is that Scientologists believe, how we operate, and so forth, I’ve written nearly 300 articles on the site here that describe such. But if your question is not answered, please send a message on the Facebook page, and I’ll answer whatever question you have.
Some frequently asked questions we’ve had:
- 1 What is Scientology?
- 2 Do you like being in Scientology?
- 3 What do you believe in as a Scientologist?
- 4 What is Silent Birth?
- 5 What are Scientology rules for childbirth?
- 6 Are Scientologist mothers allowed to breastfeed?
- 7 Are Scientologists required to feed their babies barley formula?
- 8 Do you believe in aliens?
- 9 What is Scientology’s Policy on Disconnection?
- 10 What is is like growing up in a Scientologist family?
- 11 Are Scientologists allowed to watch TV and use the Internet?
- 12 Can you practice Scientology outside of a Church? Is the Church itself as important as the content of the religion?
What is Scientology?
- Short answer: Scientology is a 62-year-old religion, founded by American philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. Our first churches opened in 1954 in LA and Washington, DC, and it is now a global movement. Scientology is an applied religious philosophy. That means that Scientology as a religion is something you do, rather just something to simply believe in.
- Longer answer: A Brief Description of Scientology from a Scientologist
Do you like being in Scientology?
- Short answer: I love so many things about being in Scientology. It is a continuous source of stability, happiness and solutions to life problems that is an inextricable and extremely valuable part of my life.
- Long answers: There are a number of stories I have on the site with folks explaining why it is they chose to be Scientologists. A short list of them are:
- Scientology Questions & Answers: Cindy, California Mother of Two
- Scientology Questions & Answers: Tkeisha, Oregon Mother of Two
- Scientology Questions & Answers: Stephanie, Texan Mother of Three
- Scientology Questions & Answers: Diane, Mother & Scientology Parent Counselor
- Scientology Questions & Answers – Hailley, Mother
- Scientology Questions & Answers – Jamie, Mother
- Scientology Questions & Answers – Tad, Father of Two
What do you believe in as a Scientologist?
- Short answer: I believe that I am a spiritual individual and not just a body. I believe I’m responsible for my own condition, and that there are always ways to improve my lot in life as a person.
- Long answer: A variety of Scientologists answered the question of what they believe here for a college student researching Scientology. It’s worth a read.
What is Silent Birth?
- Short answer: It is labor and delivery done in a calm and loving environment and with no-spoken words by everyone attending as much as possible. It is not a policy of the church, nor is it required that Scientologist mothers give birth in any prescribed way. The way a woman gives birth is up to her, her family and her medical staff.
- Long answer: This page on Silent Birth Questions & Answers, as well as this section of the site on silent birth/quiet birth give vastly more detail. This page lists a number of birth stories of women who have conducted birth in this fashion.
What are Scientology rules for childbirth?
- Short answer: There are no rules that must be followed for birth. In Scientology, childbirth is entirely up to the woman, her family and her doctors. There is no ecclesiastical penalty for not conducting a birth in a certain way, there is no rule or ethical code for how births must be done, and the church has positively no say in the matter whatsoever. Any media inference to the contrary is utter conjecture.
- Long answer: Please see this page on Silent Birth for more details, as well as the official statement by the Church of Scientology International on childbirth.
Are Scientologist mothers allowed to breastfeed?
- Short answer: Yes. And every Scientologist parent I’ve ever met, if it was feasible, breastfed their child.
- Long answer: See this on Scientology and breastfeeding. Or see this where my wife (a Scientologist) was twice featured on an international calendar for breastfeeding.
Are Scientologists required to feed their babies barley formula?
- Short answer: Absolutely not. Barley formula was mentioned as a suggestion for something that might help, for mothers who are looking for an alternative to messy, artificial powdered formulas. But there’s no requirement in Scientology governing the diet of a baby at all. Do your research, look at your baby, see what helps them thrive, and do that.
- Long answer: Please see this article on barley formula, which extensively gives the actual data on this.
Do you believe in aliens?
- Short answer: No. No I do not. A belief in aliens, a secret alien creation myth, a galactic leader, worship of aliens, or any variation on that theme represents precisely 0.00% of my Scientology beliefs.
- Somewhat longer answer: I’ve been told, by people who read websites but who never talk to actual Scientologists and don’t know me at all, that they’ve “researched this” and “found out” that no matter what I say I actually believe in aliens. I don’t believe in aliens. In 30+ years in Scientology, no Scientologist I’ve ever met, at any point in Scientology from the lowest levels to the top, has ever overtly stated or covertly confided a belief in aliens. Close friends and family of mine have reached the highest levels possible in Scientology, and have studied all of the upper-level material purportedly containing said information. They also do not believe in aliens. I’ve done a chronological study of the Scientology theology comprising 18 full books and 200+ lectures. Spirituality, how to improve one’s mental state, and greater happiness is what it’s about, not aliens. If you yearn for a belief system that centers around aliens, you’ll need to find another one as it’s not Scientology. If you wish to find out more about aliens, I suggest a career at NASA JPL or perhaps SETA, as your search will not be fruitful in Scientology. There has been a long-running campaign by various bad actors to attempt to trivialize the beliefs of Scientology, to make them seem outlandish or worthy of ridicule, and a seemingly-effective way to do this is to convince people we believe in aliens. However, to this date, the only place you will find this belief of aliens is out on the Internet. If you walk into any Scientology church, and take courses from the earliest beginning courses to the very top, you’ll not every at any point, suddenly realize you believe in aliens. Sorry to disappoint, if that’s what you’re after.
- Long answer: See this link on Scientology & aliens.
What is Scientology’s Policy on Disconnection?
- Short answer: Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard defined this in a technical reference for Scientologists written on 10 September 1983 as follows:
“The term ‘disconnection’ is defined as a self-determined decision made by an individual that he is not going to be connected to another. It is a severing of a communication line.” – LRH
- Long answer: See this extensive article on what the Scientology Disconnection policy is all about and when it is applied, this page which exhaustively compares Scientology’s disconnection policy with nearly every other major world religion, or this page explaining whether or not children of a Scientology family need to disconnect from their parents if they decide they don’t want to be Scientologists.
What is is like growing up in a Scientologist family?
- Short answer: Very similar to just about any other family made up of caring, involved parents that want their children to grow up as powerfully-independent thinkers of great personal integrity who can choose & be successful at whatever they set themselves to.
- Long answer: There are a number of interviews with Scientology parents here on the site. Please peruse them, as they’ll give you an idea of how the various Scientology families conduct their families, and what is important to them.
Are Scientologists allowed to watch TV and use the Internet?
- Short answer: Yes, and yes. I’m a system admin for a major internet hosting provider, so if there’s anything I have, it’s Internet. And whilst I’m of course allowed to watch TV, my wife and I have never had cable. Mostly because it’s a waste of time & money.
- Long answer: There are precisely zero rules in Scientology about TV or Internet usage. However, my wife & I decided when we were first together (before we were married actually) that we simply did not need the expense and brain-vacuum of cable TV. That was long before streaming video was a thing (we met in 1998) but we’ve never had reason to change our minds on such. I wrote this article in 2011 about the fact that we have no TV in our house, and why exactly we chose that. The math has just never worked out for us on how much TV we would have to watch to make the cable bill worth it, when we already don’t have time in our lives to watch more than an occasional movie before bed.
Can you practice Scientology outside of a Church? Is the Church itself as important as the content of the religion?
- Short answer: The short answer to the question is that I feel that the Church of Scientology as an organization is absolutely intrinsic to the actual practice of Scientology itself, and that whilst books and lectures containing the scripture of Scientology can exist on their own and obviously require no organization to study, the practice of Scientology itself absolutely requires an organization and in most cases assumes the existence of an organization in order to be practiced at all.
- Long Answer: I went into great detail on this question on this article here: Question: Is the Organizational Body of the Church of Scientology Just as Important as the Content of the Religion?