an act of faith

act of faith

1. An action that reveals or proves one's religious devotion. In my sister's religion, walking on hot coals is an act of faith.
2. An action that reveals or proves one's interest or trustworthiness. The millionaire investor is meeting with us as an act of faith, so our presentation has to be absolutely perfect!
3. An action that tests one's morals and/or beliefs. Leaving your infant with another person is a real act of faith when you're a new mom.
See also: act, faith, of

an act of faith

an act or deed demonstrating religious faith; an act or deed showing trust in someone or something. For him to trust you with his safety was a real act of faith.
See also: act, faith, of
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But he reconciled himself to it by an act of faith.
It is a sacrament; for it is an act of faith and it is a food.
Self-confidence has become an autonomous industry and an act of faith that cannot be abandoned under any circumstance and for any reason, for we are living in a transition period in the region and our priority is to maintain stability until the regional picture is clear," Machnouk concluded.
Summary: Some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered Friday at a desert hill near Mecca in Saudi Arabia in an act of faith and repentance during the climactic emotional and spiritual moment of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
But the takeover is an act of faith and it has placed confidence and a value on the skills and abilities of a Scottish workforce.
This is definitely an act of faith, because, at the time, the ground is lying under about 5 feet of snow.
The tomb without the body inside it leads us to an act of faith "He is risen
The former Conservative Cabinet minister adds that supporting HS2 is as much an act of faith as a reliance on figures, and that the UK "must consider carefully the cost of not acting" over HS2.
It is unconscionable that a student athlete could be punished for an expression of religious faith or that an act of faith could disqualify an athlete in a UIL competition," Perry said.
I regard this as an act of faith and a vote of confidence.
They believe it enables their societies to reach, in a single leap, a panacea of progress--almost through an act of faith.
This service and procession are not just another political protest, but an act of faith, an act of prayer, an act of nonviolent witness.
It is very much an act of faith by a group of people who devote three months of their spare time to staging a show which says a great deal about their faith.
The simple answer is there is no evidence for God (or gods) which means those who profess a belief do so as an act of faith, ie a denial of reason.
Because it took seven years for the lemon tree to mature, the planting became an act of faith and patience.
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