Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Thoughtcrime of the day ~ Being Dogmatic is good

It's normal and natural and nothing to be ashamed of. Everybody does it, in fact, even, or especially, the people who most loudly protest against it.

We all know that the word "dogmatic" is now only used in the pejorative sense it has been given by leftists and secularists, those most dogmatic of all dogmatists.

I can't tell you the hours of fun I've had in pointing out the rigid and intolerant dogmatism of people who assert that no one should ever be dogmatic and try to force everyone to adhere to their dogma of anti-dogmatism.

But Dorothy Sayers said it:

"It is the dogma that is the drama - not beautiful phrases, nor comforting sentiments, nor vague aspirations to loving-kindness and uplift, nor the promise of something nice after death - but the terrifying assertion that the same God who made the world, lived in the world and passed through the grave and gate of death. Show that to the heathen, and they may not believe it; but at least they may realize that here is something that a man might be glad to believe."

The dogmas of the Church are simply what we believe.

The fact that our believing them deeply wounds and offends the current sensibilities, separates people and creates strife is really just a bonus.

H/T to Fr. Owl

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