American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The study of religious dogmas, especially those of a Christian church.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science which treats of the arrangement and statement of religious doctrines, especially of the doctrines received in and taught by the Christian church; doctrinal theology. Also dogmatic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The science which treats of Christian doctrinal theology.
“At the outset of this undertaking it is necessary to explain the meaning that is here attached to the term dogmatics and to set forth the method and the arrangement appropriate to it.”
“Now seeing in the last section, those we call mathematics are absolved of the crime of breeding controversy; and they that pretend not to learning cannot be accused; the fault lieth altogether in the dogmatics, that is to say, those that are imperfectly learned, and with passion press to have their opinions pass everywhere for truth, without any evident demonstration either from experience, or from places of Scripture of uncontroverted interpretation.”
“It isn't ichthyology; it is dogmatics, which is still more difficult and tangled up.”
“The concrete facts of paddles and pack-straps quite overcome your dogmatics.”
“The greatest threat to humanity is the tolerance of religious dogmatics.”
“The reality is quite the opposite–it is religious dogmatics who are willing to compromise on some moral values to protect others, the ones they hold closest to the fundamental doctrine of faith.”
“Sometimes, I point out such examples to my students in religious studies, in order to show them the difference between scholarship and dogmatics: we scholars like to emend our conclusions in light of new evidence or fresh arguments.”
“Ratzinger's important historical works, in his lectures on dogma, which interpreted faith as a living path through history, and in his dogmatics, which, like few others, rests upon an intensive personal exegetical study of the biblical sources.”
“Ratzinger has continually taken up since his early lectures in dogmatics, acquires an elevated theological significance.”
“Such progressivism is often taken as their axiomatic base: the inevitable or rather essential presupposition of what one might call the ideological concensus of feminists, perhaps also their `dogmatics' or what your `maverick feminist' Emma Goldman, if I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution suspects to be their sluggishness.”
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