Doctrine/Dogma • Orthodoxy
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dogma [Gk. dógma < dokéo—‘think,’ ‘suppose,’ intrans ‘seem,’ ‘appear’]. In Greek dógma has two basic meanings. The first is “what seems to be right,” “what is thought to be true.” It yields the subdivisions (a) “opinion” and (b) “philosophical opinion, principle, or doctrine.” In this sense the word
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
dogma (Gk. δόγμα, ‘opinion’, from δοκεῖν). The original meaning of the word was ‘that which seems good’, and hence it was applied by classical authors as a technical term either to the distinctive tenets of the various philosophical schools or to the decrees of public authorities. In this second sense
Orthodoxy. As a religious system, right belief, as contrasted with heresy. The word is used esp. of those Churches in E. Christendom which are in communion with *Constantinople, collectively described in ancient times as ‘the holy, orthodox, catholic, apostolic Eastern Church’ (ἡ ἁγία ὀρθόδοξος
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DOGMA<dog’-ma> ([δόγμα, dogma], from [δοκέω, dokeo], “that which seems,” “an opinion,” particularly the opinion of a philosopher):
The Lutheran Cyclopedia
Dogma, in its primary Greek meaning, signifies a public decree or ordinance, whether of rulers, or of an assembly. In this sense it is used in the N. T. of the decrees of Cæsar (Luke 2:1; Acts 17:7), of a decree of the Apostles (Acts 16:4), and of the Mosaic ordinances (Col. 2:14; Eph. 2:15). In its
Orthodoxy, Orthodoxism
Orthodoxy, Orthodoxism. The Luth. Church has always laid great stress on purity of doctrine, soundness in doctrine. By this is meant, the confession of the doctrines revealed in the Word of God, the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, for the salvation of mankind. In the work of the Reformation,
Orthodoxy, Period of
Orthodoxy, Period of. In the Luth. Church the seventeenth century is known as the period of orthodoxy. After many struggles during the sixteenth century, the union which was marked by the adoption of the Formula of Concord resulted in such unamimity of teaching, in conformity with the confessions of
A Catholic Dictionary
dogma, in its theological sense, is a truth contained in the Word of God, written or unwritten—i.e. in Scripture or tradition—and proposed by the Church for the belief of the faithful. Thus dogma is a revealed truth, since Scripture is inspired by the Holy Ghost, while tradition signifies the truths
Dogmatic Theology
dogmatic theology is the science of Christian dogma. It treats of doctrine systematically, regarding the doctrine of the Church as a whole, and considering each article of faith in connection with others which are either allied to or seem to contradict it. It proves the doctrines of the Church from Scripture
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Dogma (Greek). A religious doctrine formally stated. It now means a statement resting on the ipse dixit of the speaker. Dogmatic teaching used to mean the teaching of religious doctrines, but now dogmatic means overbearing and dictatorial. (Greek dogma, gen. dogmătos, a matter of opinion; verb dokeo,
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Dogmas of Opinion
Dogmas and Matters of Opinion.—A dogma is a point of doctrine, a proposition regarded as incontestable, especially in religion and philosophy. Every truth revealed by God, or Christ, or the Holy Ghost is, by that very fact, a divine or Christian dogma; when authoritatively proposed by the Apostles, it
Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church
DOGMADogma is the church’s decreed interpretation of divine revelation. In a general sense, dogma refers to the doctrinal content of Christian theology. In a narrower sense, dogma refers specifically to the few constitutive articles of faith that have been defined and approved by near universal consensus
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Dogma, DogmaticsThese terms differ from “systematic theology.” In Barth and Brunner, who use the term frequently, “dogma” not only concerns God as Trinity and Christ and arises from Scripture, but is also the public confession of faith by the church, in contrast to private opinion. “Dogma” and “dogmatics”
Dictionary of Theological Terms
DogmaThe Greek word dogma signifies a decree (Lk. 2:1; Acts 16:4; Eph. 2:15; Col. 2:14). It later came to signify an article of belief set forth by ecclesiastical decree, as for example, Rome’s dogma of the Immaculate Conception.*The word has a wider theological use to describe a proposition of religious
OrthodoxyA term that is used in two distinct ways.First, it is the claimed title of the Eastern churches (see Greek (or Eastern) Orthodoxy).Second, it is used to denote consistency in doctrine with the revelation of Scripture. To this definition Rome would add the traditions of the church and the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
dogma. A doctrine; an ecclesiastical teaching or body of principles to be believed. The Greek noun dogma G1504, which is of infrequent occurrence in the NT, originally signified “an opinion” or “a judgment.” It came to mean “a judgment given with authority” and so “a decree.” Thus it refers to imperial
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Dogma. In the NT dogma designates a decree, ordinance, decision, or command (Luke 2:1; Acts 16:4; 17:7; Eph. 2:15; Col. 2:14). In late Greek philosophy, legal usage was subsumed under dogma as the doctrinal propositions that expressed the official viewpoint of a particular teacher or school.Early Christian
Orthodoxy. The English equivalent of Greek orthodoxia (from orthos [right] and doxa [opinion]), meaning “right belief,” as opposed to heresy or heterodoxy. The term is not biblical; no secular or Christian writer uses it before the second century, though the verb orthodoxein is used by Aristotle (Eth.