Subject: Unit 3
From: Lee & Kamyar
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 15:40:04 -0400

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)?