How exactly do the literal meanings of doctrine and dogma differ? Or do they? Are their definitions suitable in religious context only?

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  • Doctrine is as helpful as a doctor's latrine in helping one discharge the desire to follow rules. Dogma, is as relentless as an angry mamma dog in forcing you to follow rules. – Blessed Geek Jun 26 '14 at 4:45
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    Have you tried to find out? – Kris Jun 26 '14 at 7:02
  • @BlessedGeek - is that an explanation or a peeve? – anongoodnurse Jun 26 '14 at 8:18
  • Please show us what you have learned as opposed to just asking us to define your words for you. Also, the tour here is helpful in finding out what kinds of questions (and answers) are considered a good fit here. – anongoodnurse Jun 26 '14 at 8:20

In general, doctrine is all Church teaching in matters of faith and morals. Dogma is more narrowly defined as that part of doctrine which has been divinely revealed and which the Church has formally defined and declared to be believed as revealed. (Source)

Both doctrine and dogma can also be used in non-religious context (for example in political context). Examples could be:

The difficulty of resisting political dogma.
The classic dogma of objectivity in scientific observation.
The government was founded on a doctrine of equality for all people.
Many psychologists now question the doctrines of Sigmund Freud.

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    That belongs on religion Q&A. – Kris Jun 26 '14 at 6:55
  • Are their definitions suitable in religious context only? – anongoodnurse Jun 26 '14 at 8:22
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    @medica You can see the additions above. Thanks for pointing it out. – user73373 Jun 26 '14 at 8:47
  • Good job! +1 from me! – anongoodnurse Jun 26 '14 at 8:48

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