Q: I would like to know about “Dianetics”: Is it a sect, a science, or something else?
A: Dianetics is a philosophy of life (or a religion) based on the writings of science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. A book of the same title illustrates its major points. Dianetics (the book) is a mixture of various philosophies and religions with a bit of outer space thrown in. Superior beings play a role in the whole thing. Dianetics (the religious philosophy) is more of the same and remains the central teaching of the organization known as the Church of Scientology.
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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.