This article is from the Scientology and Dianetics FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Scientology Information Server) with numerous contributions by others.
The answer to this question depends on the answer to another question:
Does the human soul exist?
If one can scientifically recognize that an individual is a spiritual
being, or might be a spiritual being, then Scientology can be approached
and understood as a science, or at least as a philosophy with scientific
promise. If one doesn't or can't, then Scientology can only be seen as a