Rufus: Why, Bethany Sloane, are you saying you believe?
Bethany: No. But I have a good idea.
Introduction: [part 2, part 3, part 4]
The 1999 film “Dogma” may be one of the more controversial films ever made. It is a satire, one of those stories designed to comment on things in society and culture that are broken or simply don’t make sense. Satires generally rub some people the wrong way, especially people who are happy with the things being critiqued. In this case the whole satirical arsenal is being squarely aimed at religion—something most people are sensitive about. The whole idea with satire is to get the audience to think about and even question the status quo. When it comes to religion some think that thought—and most definitely questions—are not allowed. In a way the film is most concerned with this aspect of religion, thus the name: “Dogma.” Dogmas are beliefs and teachings that are authoritative. You are not allowed to question them, they just are. They are not exclusive to religion, but they are a dangerous aspect of any ideology where they are found. More on that later.