An example of dogma is the Ten Commandments in the Christian faith.
The unforgiving dogma of Stalinism is that what the party leader, however cruel and incompetent, decrees, however absurd, must be accepted as law.
In the Catholic Church, new dogmas can only be declared by the pope after the extremely rare procedure ex cathedra to make them part of the official faith.
Origin of dogma
- Latin from Greek opinion, belief from dokein to seem, think dek- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin dogma (“philosophical tenet”), from Ancient Greek δόγμα (dogma, “opinion, tenet”), from δοκέω (dokeō, “I seem good, think”) (more at decent). Treated in the 17c. -18c. as Greek, with plural dogmata.