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Scripture is any body of writing which defines the fundamental beliefs of a religion – i.e. whose assertions are believed to be essentially true simply because they are part of that body, rather than because of any corroborating evidence.

Religious doctrine and dogma are derived through interpretation of scripture.


Related Terms

  • Fundamentalism is the belief that the truth of a particular work of scripture is literal rather than metaphorical.
  • Rationalism holds scriptural assertions to the same standards of criticism as any other assertions. A rational belief system has no scripture.
  • Doctrine refers to a collection of "teachings" (typically beliefs and practices) held by any organization (not necessarily religious in nature)
  • Dogma refers to any set of beliefs which are held to be indisputable and not subject to interpretation.