My understanding is that "Shinto" is a term that denotes the essential/true nature of things, and that the dogma isn't the point so much as the vehicle used to arrive at the point, which is a deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of things..........
The difference between theory and practice....
What I mean is, it is this in theory, but not usually in practice. Usually Shinto is so shrouded in ritual and teachings etc. that the essence is lost.