Scientology is a Religious Philosophy.
They have there own established teachings, rituals, and practices.
Scientology is a 'cult' in the truest sense of the word. Most major religions become cults - especially the ones that have been around for a really long time. The best way to program someone is get a hold of them as a child and raise them in the propaganda doctrines - like Hitler discovered.
I define a 'cult' as an organization that uses subliminal mind control in order to gain control over the mind, will, and power of the individual.
As with all true cults - the average participant does not realize they have been mind controlled. I managed to actually break the conditioning / programming.
Scientology uses very subtle techniques to program the individual. The conditioning / programming occurs when you read Hubbard's books, and he wrote a lot of books! The more you read, the stronger their programming over you.
i had to become a Trained Hypnotist to discover how the programming works, and it took years.
Hubbard himself is worshiped as the Source!, in Scientology.
Their original teachings were based in principles that Hubbard claimed to discover about how the Mind works and was revealed in the book - Dianetics the Modern Science of Mental Health (1950).
After learning how to do Out-of-the-body Projection, Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology as a religion in 1955. Hubbard worked for a short while along with the founder of Eckankar - who also wanted to start his own religion.
The SRI - Stanford Research Institue CIA's funded Project Stargate was based upon using Scientology high level OT's - (meaning Operating Thetans's) who were capable of doing Out-of-body Projection at will (under the Scientology term 'Exteriorization').
My research into Hubbard personally indicated that he was a student of the Satanist Aleister Crowley in the 1940's along with Jack Parsons, the Co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Parsons and several of the high level scientists who worked for the Lab were into Black Magick and Naval intelligence sent Hubbard to go and keep tabs on them. (Talk about sending the fox to watch over the hen house.)
Hubbard joined the OTO - Order of the Templi Orientis, run by Crowley, and graduated the 9th degree as a very adept practicing Occultist. After graduating the Ninth Degree, the student was directed to collect all their own personal beliefs as teachings and found their own anti-christian religion.