MARY: Dogma, by Kathleen Norris

January 1, 2015

From Meditations on Mary Dogma is an instrument for penetrating reality.  Christian dogma is about the only thing left in the world that surely guards and respects mystery. (Flannery O’Connor) I am indebted to the writer and sculptor Edward Robinson for pointing out to me that the word “dogmatic” as used today means, ironically, to have abandoned the original spirit of dogma.  In the early church, he says, dogma simply meant acceptance, or consensus, what people could agree on.  The Greek root from which “dogma” comes means “what seems good, fitting, becoming.”  Thus, the word “beauty” might be a more fitting synonym for dogma than what has become its synonym in contemporary [...]