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take (something) for gospel

To believe that something is absolutely true without any hesitation or reservations. When we're growing up, we take what our parents tell us for gospel. That's part of why teenagers are so rebellious, because they're just starting to realize their parents' fallibility. The beloved professor's opinions on the author are taken for gospel by his students.
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(the) gospel truth

Fig. the undeniable truth. The witness swore he was telling the gospel truth. I told my parents the gospel truth about how the vase broke.
See also: gospel, truth

take something as gospel

also accept something as gospel
to believe that something is certainly true His opinions on international issues are taken as gospel by his colleagues.
Etymology: from the literal meaning of gospel (one of the books in the Bible that tell the story of Jesus's life)
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accept/take something as gospel (truth)

to believe that something is completely true You shouldn't accept as gospel everything you read in the newspapers.
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the gospel truth

the complete truth I didn't touch your stereo, and that's the gospel truth.
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gospel truth

Something that is unquestionably true. For example, Every word he uttered was the gospel truth. The word gospel, which comes from the Old English god spel, "good news," has been used to describe something that is thought to be as true as the biblical gospel (that is, undeniably true) since the 13th century. The current idiom originated in the 1600s, when it referred to biblical truths, and has been applied to truth of a more general nature since the late 1800s. Also see take as gospel.
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take as gospel

Also, take for gospel. Believe absolutely, regard as true, as in We took every word of his as gospel, but in fact he was often mistaken. This idiom, first recorded in 1496, uses gospel in the sense of the absolute truth. Also see gospel truth.
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gospel (truth)

n. the honest truth. You gotta believe me. It’s the gospel truth!
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He covers the pre-Pauline Easter Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus, the Pauline Gospel, the survival of the Jesus traditions before Mark, the gospel in the Gospel According to Mark, the other canonical gospels, and early Christian literature and canonization.
Keith Bartlett, Lindisfarne Gospels Durham programme director, recently visited the original birthplace of the book to mark the important role Lindisfarne Priory will play in the region's celebrations this summer.
Believed to have been written in Italy in the sixth century and presented by Pope Gregory the Great to St Augustine for his mission to England in 597 AD, these gospels are considered to be the oldest surviving Latin Illustrated gospels.
The manuscript, also known as the Lichfield Gospels, the Book of Chad and the St Teilo Gospels, contain the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, and the early part of the Gospel of Luke.
Section 1 treats standard issues such as the nature of a Gospel, the fourfold collection, the canonical matrix, and the relation of the Gospels to the historical Jesus.
Without complete argumentation, she says that Gospels are intended as a type of biography or biographic narrative with an emphasis on Jesus' death and resurrection.
The temple authorities, as the gospels collectively refer to them, were not religious leaders so much as political actors willing to benefit from their nation's oppressors.
I know that this book by Maria Valtorta is not inspired by the Holy Spirit as the Gospels are, but I feel that there is more truth in Valtorta's book than in the Gospel of Judas.
Now in an updated second edition, Jesus on Trial: A Study of the Gospels is a classic study of the trial of Jesus as related by the Gospels.
The Gospel of Judas and other recently discovered gospels demonstrate "how diverse and fascinating the early Christian movement really was," remarks religion professor Elaine Pagels of Princeton University.
According to Bible revisionists, these widely accepted gospels were excised from the Bible by closed-minded men at the Council of Nicaea who forced people to accept the radical notion that Jesus the Son and the Father were one.
This Bardic Press edition returns to print a classic work of painstaking yet accessible scholarship and features a new forty page introduction discussing recent developments in scholarship, the distinctions of the Gospel of Thomas from the canonical gospels, the role of Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Thomas, and additional, invaluable insights into one of the most exciting finds of the 20th Century in Biblical Studies.
Edwards offers a critical, comparative study of Jane Addams, Walter Rauschenbusch and Dorothy Day, arguing that Addams and Rauschenbusch naively equated social progress and optimism with watered down versions of Christianity while Day's unwavering adherence to Catholic teaching and practice imbued her with Christian hope based on the gospels and informed her advocacy for radical social change.
Pagels paints a picture of the gospels that would surprise many Catholics--including Gibson--who believe that the gospels are eyewitness accounts.
There was much the same suggestion in her The Gnostic Gospels.