In reviewing my Unit 3 materials to begin my reflection, I realized I
never sent my second set of questions (regarding the supplementary
materials). So here goes...
What are some examples of "dogma"?
I think I found a few: Immaculate Conception, Infallibility of the
Pope, Sacrifice of the Mass, Divine Providence (same thing as
Infallibility...?), Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist
Do we have Baha'i dogma?
Is dogma symbolism, that, when divorced from reflection, merely becomes
ritual? (through gradual emphasis on content over process?) [reminds me
of the example of the whirling dervishes -- as I understand it, there
were some dervishes who became so rapturous in a state of enlightenment
that they began "whirling" - others "looking on" decided whirling must
be the way to reach enlightment; assuming the effect to be the cause]
What has been the role of "intellectualism" in all of this? [Need to go
re-find the source, but I know I just read how even knowledge can be a
Why does "modern man" find it so easy to assume superiority to
"primitive man" (both current and neolithic types)?