A doctrine or a corpus of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a church.
An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true. See Synonyms at doctrine
A principle or belief or a group of them: "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present" (Abraham Lincoln).
Characteristics of Dogma
Powerful point of focus.
Genocidal Stupidity. (Not always)
True believers - The Party.
Irrational beliefs - collectivization, lysenkoism.
Powerful point of focus - Lenin, Stalin, the State.
Heretics - Trotskyism the Great Purges of the Bolshevik Party.
Genocidal Stupidity - Collectivization in the Ukraine.
True believers - The catholics.
Irrational beliefs - Virgin Birth, Heaven, Hell, Trinity.
Powerful point of focus - Jehovah, Jesus, Holy Spirit.
Heretics - Gnosticism, Protestants, Mormons, Jehovahs, Witnesses.
Genocidal Stupidity - Ban on Contraception, AIDS teaching in Africa, Regular European Pogroms, Witch Burnings and the Crusades.
True believers - The Sunni.
Irrational beliefs - Quran is the most wonderful book ever written, Virgin Birth, Heaven, Hell.
Powerful point of focus - Allah.
Heretics - The Shia, Sufis
Genocidal Stupidity - Taliban, Crusades, Muslim Conquest of India.
Its quite clear, that any genocidal stupidity has always got a dogma behind it.
The worst genocides of the 20th Century
Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) 49-78,000,000
Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39) 23,000,000 (the purges plus Ukraine’s famine)
Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) 12,000,000 (concentration camps and civilians WWII)
Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44) 5,000,000 (civilians in WWII)
Emperor Worship Dogma.
Ismail Enver (Turkey, 1915) 1,200,000 Armenians
Ismail Enver (Turkey, 1916-22) 350,000 Greek Pontians and 480,000 Anatolian Greeks
Ismail Enver (Turkey, 1915-20) 500,000 Assyrians
Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79) 1,700,000
Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94) 1.6 million (purges and concentration camps)
Emperor Worship dogma.
Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78) 1,500,000
Dogma is not something we need. For those who continue to keep dogma alive, explain why you do not want to abandon this evil.