Here are some views on dogma. What do you think? Dogma is a major factor that leads to a theology of separation. We all have access to a Natural Moral Code predating any man-made religious beliefs. However, we interpret universal moral codes the way we experience life. Universal moral codes are interpreted by a human nature that includes solipsism. Religions are man-made interpretation of nature-made universal moral codes based on their experience of Nature and human nature. Religions develop dogmas, doctrines, and fiats to conceptualize and compartmentalize their interpreted beliefs. Sometimes dogmas conform to Nature but often they don't. Religions have their dogma, doctrine, fiats, and precepts. Each religion teaches a triumphalism that makes their diktats superior to all others.

Dogma can lock religions into defending stupidity. Religions have a pontification of their dogmatic opinions being the only way. I put forth that religions often do a better job of worshipping their dogma than their God. Each religion demands follower subservience, submissiveness, and obedience to stultified dogmas. Dogmatic dictums say we have the penultimate truth. Dogmatic proclamations of having knowledge of truth become dogmatism that quickly morphs into a moralism of do’s and don’ts. An infestation of dogma cripples the ability for individuals to personally experience truth. Dogmatic truths are repeated over and over again because they need to be repetitive! According to J. Krishnamurati, “the constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” (20th Cent) I appreciate Harris saying, "it takes only one generation for a good thing to become a bad, for an inference about experience to become  dogma. Dogma is the enemy of truth and enemy of free thought. Dogma says “Do not think?” Be less than a person. The ideas enshrined in dogma may include good and wise ideas, but dogma is  bad itself  because it is  accepted as good  without examination."  (1969)   

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Comment by Michael Penn on January 7, 2019 at 8:40am

Basic religious dogma does not change. Some things just become more popular. In my church days I remember the Apostles Creed being at the front of the church and we would recite it. You don't find that too much any longer. I think they realized it seemed so out of place. In Trumpworld we have so many Evangelical loonies but basic religion is frozen in time. 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2018 at 10:15pm

My nonbelief, distrust, lack of faith, skepticism came from my broken images. Robert Graves says it better than I:

"He is quick, thinking in clear images;
I am slow, thinking in broken images.

He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images;
I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images.

Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance;
Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance.

Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact;
Questioning their relevance, I question the fact.

When the fact fails him, he questions his senses;
When the fact fails me, I approve my senses.

He continues quick and dull in his clear images;
I continue slow and sharp in my broken images.

He in a new confusion of his understanding;
I in a new understanding of my confusion." 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 24, 2018 at 8:17am

I've forgotten who said it, but someone once asserted that "The bible was written by men and frozen in time."  To me, this absolutist attitude toward a book which is the prototype of dogmatic expression is the primary problem with its religions and with religion in general.  Reason: IT DOES NOT CHANGE in a field of constant change, particularly with humankind.  It cannot deal with discoveries and revelations regarding human behavior or scientific progress, but insists on its own rigid and adamantine diktat.  Because of that, its acolytes would have us conform to it, rather than it adapting itself to a dynamic environment.

In a circumstance where its power is hidden or not fully revealed, such dogma could sustain itself and dominate.  For a time in England, owning a bible in English was a death-penalty offense.  With the advent of the internet and general availability of understanding and analysis of the inherent problems of the bible and other, similar works, their inadequate dogma is being increasingly left behind, in favor of a more pliable and adaptable field of action.

Turns out that old joke – "My karma ran over my dogma" – isn't so far off, after all.



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