Blog: (VIDEO) Is Scientology a Cult? - 2014-06-25

F0.png (VIDEO) Is Scientology a Cult? June 25, 2014, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

If you look up Scientology in media reports, books or on the internet, you are going to find it described in a lot of places as a cult. I'm sure most Scientologists find this term offensive, but the truth is that they probably don't understand what it actually means. So I thought I would make an effort to clear this up and answer the question of "Is Scientology Actually a Cult?"

For many, the word "cult" has bad connotations, bringing to mind a dark, close-minded, secretive bunch who maybe even gather in the light of the full moon for strange rituals involving chicken blood and chanting incantations to Horus or Beelzebub.

Now those groups may be cults, but what I'm talking about is quite a bit less obvious than that. I was involved with Scientology for almost three decades so I have more than a passing knowledge of this particular group. And I don't think anyone was more surprised than me to find out that I had been a member of a cult all that time.