Thursday, 4 August 2016
#6th is Dogma
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The 6th ism I am sharing with you is DOGMA and I am tempted to call it Dogmatism !
Origin of dogma
Latin1590-16001590-1600; < Latin < Greek, equivalent to dok (eîn)to seem, think, seem good + -ma noun suffixWord story
At the turn of the 17th century, dogma enteredEnglish from the Latin term meaning “philosophicalte net.” The Greek word from which it is borrowedmeans “that which one thinks is true,” and comes ultimately from the Greek dokeîn, which means “to seem good” or “think.”
The origin of the word dogma acts as a reminder toEnglish speakers that now established principles and doctrines were once simply thoughts and opinions of ordinary people that gained popularity and eventually found their way into the universal consciousness of society. Twentieth-century American academic and aphorist Mason Cooley concisely observed that “Under attack, sentiments harden into dogma,” suggesting that dogma is spawned as a defensive act. This idea implies that for every dogma that exists, there is a counter dogma. With so many “truths” out there,there is sure to be a dogma to conveniently fit every set of beliefs.
dɒɡmə/noun a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true."the dogmas of faith"
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