Is Scientology a religion?

India
January 13, 2009 4:39am CST
In a recent conversation (well, argument) with a scientologist, he pointed out to me that "religion" means "knowledge," which I disagree with as religion covers areas of faith, not imperical science. Scientology , according to Hubbard, (according to youtube) means the "study of knowingness. " So, is the phrase "Religion of scientology" a contradiction in terms?
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@1hopefulman (28358)
• Canada
13 Jan 09
Here is a dictionary definition of the word "religion": 1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. 2. a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion. One could argue about it but I think Scientology is a religion whether I agree with it or not.