from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A doctrine or a corpus of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a church.
- n. An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true. See Synonyms at doctrine.
- n. A principle or belief or a group of them: "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present” ( Abraham Lincoln).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An authoritative principle, belief or statement of opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true regardless of evidence, or without evidence to support it.
- n. A doctrine (or set of doctrines) relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth authoritatively by a religious organization or leader.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which is held as an opinion; a tenet; a doctrine.
- n. A formally stated and authoritatively settled doctrine; a definite, established, and authoritative tenet.
- n. A doctrinal notion asserted without regard to evidence or truth; an arbitrary dictum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A settled opinion; a principle, maxim, or tenet held as being firmly established.
- n. A principle or doctrine propounded or received on authority, as opposed to one based on experience or demonstration; specifically, an authoritative religious doctrine.
- n. Authoritative teaching or doctrine; a system of established principles or tenets, especially religious ones; specifically, the whole body or system of Christian doctrine, as accepted either by the church at large or by any branch of it.
- n. In the Kantian philosophy, a directly synthetical proposition based on concepts of the understanding.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof
- n. a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
The term dogma is often applied to statements put forward by someone who thinks, inappropriately, that they should be accepted without proof.
These people escape endlessly by refusing definition which they call dogma ....
Conservatism as a philosophy is built around the idea that “The Truth” is already known, that their exists a specific and certain dogma that the population must conform to, and that it is responsibility of the authoritive conservative hierarchy to ensure that the public does obey.
It would be difficult for the psyche of a normal person to be faced with the reality that their dogma is based on lies but it is easier for fascists to partake of this horrible behavior, because to be a Republican fascist, you have to be willing to ignore morality.
How could such an intelligent Church liberal — as Ratzinger had been at Vatican II — have become such a strong advocate of orthodoxy in dogma?
Today, this dogma is unassailable right-wing political gospel, so compelling that we find an aging Tea Party activist holding up a sign saying, "Keep your government hands off my Medicare."
His dogma is notoriously gruesome, and it is why he is the perfect example for a short exercise I will now suggest.
The nuns and priests that are separated are not interested in dogma and national politics; they are interested in social justice.
Republicans and conservatives are real big about projecting their fears, wrapping them in dogma and generally screwing things up.
Sadly, though, if we live in a society where anyone who challenges the accepted dogma is condemned and ostracized, I guess weâll never know.