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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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.