What is Dogma? The word itself derives from the Greek word for ‘opinion’, from the word Dokein, meaning ‘seem good, think’. Obviously, when it comes to matters of belief in one God, our personal opinions or impressions of the idea of ‘god’ we might have, would have to remain just that: mere opinions and no more based on ourselves, we could have no guarantee of certainty. Yet for us, as believers in Jesus Christ, this thankfully is not the case.
We firmly believe that Jesus is the Revelation of the one and only true God. The words that Jesus spoke were handed down through Sacred Scriptures and living testimony or Tradition of the Church. Indeed, as the word ‘dogma’ was incorporated into Latin, it took on a more specific meaning. A good English dictionary might define this today as: “a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true”. This encapsulates well what we mean when we use this word apply to the Church’s official teaching. Dogma therefore refers us to those things of Faith and morals which are divinely revealed by God and are taught as such by the Church. This obviously implies that there must be an authority within the Church that can guarantee the authenticity and define what is a Dogma in the name of Christ Himself.