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is there a difference of dogma and doctrine?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Jan. 5, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I cheated - I looked on Both are nouns. Pretty much says on both definitions...principles, teachings, theory, opinion. It lists a synonym for the word doctrine...that word is dogma.

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 4:41 PM on Jan. 5, 2010

  • As far as the Catholic church goes, there is a difference. A dogma is an official teaching of the Catholic Church that has been declared part of the revealed message of God. A doctrine is an official teaching of the Church -- as such it is a wider idea than a dogma.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:25 PM on Jan. 5, 2010

  • The difference between dogma and doctrine is the same as a terrorist and a rebel.  It all depends on whether you agree or not.


    Answer by beeky at 5:56 PM on Jan. 5, 2010

  • We had this discussion a long while back in another group, when refering to the Catholic Church this was my understanding of the two:
    Catholic Doctrine is the teachings of the Catholic Church.

    All Dogma is Doctrine, not all Doctrine is Dogma.

    All Dogma is infallible.

    Disciplines, being part of the teachings of the Catholic Church, are a form of Doctrine.

    Because Disciplines can be further developed they are not considered infallible.

    Not all Doctrine is infallible but that doesn't mean it isn't based on truth.

    Because the church is protected from error by the Holy Spirit, even though we may question a Doctrine, we are still required to submit to the teaching.

    Answer by erdavh at 6:12 PM on Jan. 5, 2010

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