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Q. Do defined dogmas make it impossible for Catholics to think for themselves?

On the contrary, such dogmas render religious thinking effective by giving it direction founded on the authority of God ... just as science or history or mathematics have principles which must be followed by any sane student in these spheres, so also the science of theology must follow the truths of Godís Revelation ... the judge on the bench must be guided by accepted legal principles in trying a case ... the doctor must be guided by the laws of medical science in treating his patient.So also the student of religion is guided, not hindered, by defined dogma in his search for deeper insights into manís relationship with God ... revealed truths taught by theChurch no more fetter the human intellect than do the principles of science.

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