Dogma – 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 that predates 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 religious 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 authoritative diktats superior to all others.
Dogma can lock religions into defending stupidity. Religions pontificate their dogmatic dictates as 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 their dogmas. Dogma says we have the ultimate truth. Dogmatic proclamations of having knowledge of truths becomes 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 truths. Dogmatic truths are repeated over and over again because they need to be repetitive! J. Krishnamurati said, “the constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” (20th Cent) I like where Harris said, “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)