Scientology and Christianity

Scientology and Christianity

Dr. Jim Denison

“A cult…is a group of people polarized around someone’s interpretation of the Bible and is characterized by major deviations from orthodox Christianity relative to the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith, particularly the fact that God became man in Christ Jesus” (Walter Martin, The Rise of the Cults).

Basic traits:

•Authority figure

•Extrabiblical text

•Unorthodox theology, somewhat related to Christianity

General characteristics:

•Presents a Jesus different from that of orthodox faith

•Claims new truth

•Offers new, non-orthodox interpretations of Scripture

•Cites non-biblical authority source(s)

•Rejects major tenets of orthodox Christianity

•Generally develops a changing, often contradictory theology

•Strong leadership, usually centered in a single person or group of persons

•Almost always offers a salvation by works

•Generally makes unsubstantiated prophetic claims

Introduction to Scientology