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We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

Dogma - I want to give 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 authoritative 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 can 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 Chris on December 30, 2018 at 3:15am

It may be interesting.

Please tell my why some people waste energy to put up christmas lights.

Hey -   I guess they don't that electricity  is burning coal.

More than likely they want the "lowered"  to come back to take them all to armegeddon.

Comment by Chris on December 2, 2018 at 4:04am

Most of us here already know that.

Comment by Neal on November 24, 2018 at 11:16am

If you cannot rationally discuss a belief, more than likely that belief is false. Dogma is the shield that defends stupidity.

Comment by Stephen on November 24, 2018 at 9:18am

When ideas become Dogmas and therefore immutable that's when the trouble begins. Always question dogmas.

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