act of faith


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act of faith

Behavior that shows or tests a person's religious or other convictions, as in Rock climbing with a new, inexperienced partner was a real act of faith. The term is a translation of the Portuguese auto da fé, which referred to the sentencing and execution of heretics (often by burning at the stake) during the Inquisition, when punishing heresy was thought to constitute an assertion of faith. In modern times it is used for more benign circumstances. [Early 1700s]
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Likewise, there also comes a moment when all must stand together and profess the Creed--the Creed is not a discussion, it is both an act of faith and a communal prayer.
Dr Connell begrudges the sharing of an act of faith that is a comfort to both Catholics and Anglicans.
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In that way, Rosebuds and relics represent an act of faith or hope in the capacity of love to reach across the void; they represent an act of gratitude for the gifts we have received from those who first touched us.
OF THE wobbly Millennium Bridge, architect Lord Foster says: "It was an act of faith.
I once described the bridge as an act of faith and in a way the whole ritual of our lives is an act of faith in engineering.
First, showing up every week is itself an act of faith, a demonstration that worship means something.
The memorial Mass of an eccentric high-school friend turns into an act of faith
They called their 150-foot climb up the outside of a cathedral an act of faith.
You make your act of faith first, and then you seek the whole truth.
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Sometimes this deliverance calls for some repentance or redemptive sacrifice, as in The Fisher King, Rain Man, or In the Name of the Father; sometimes it demands an act of faith, as in Field of Dreams or My Left Foot; and sometimes it depends on our capacity to recognize the humanity of those around us, as in Driving Miss Daisy, Philadelphia, and The Elephant Man.
Bilic (left), who quit the Hammers because he wanted to win medals, has shown a supreme act of faith in the Mersey club, who are still pinning their hopes on Bobby Robson leaving Barcelona to become their new boss.
Was that an act of faith on the part of a pious scribe or a hedge against heretics, or did a sensitive copyist think that the mere phrase Jesus Christ needed to be juiced up with an extra title or an explanatory note?