doubting Thomas


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doubting Thomas

A skeptic. A reference to the New Testament story about the Apostle Thomas, who refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead until he saw him in person. Lisa's husband was a real doubting Thomas when she told him she'd won the lottery. He demanded to check the ticket himself.
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doubting Thomas

someone who will not easily believe something without strong proof or evidence. (Can be said of a man or a woman. From the biblical account of the apostle Thomas, who would not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead until he actually touched the risen Christ.) Mary won't believe that I have a dog until she sees it. She's such a doubting Thomas.
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doubting Thomas

One who is habitually doubtful. For example, He was a doubting Thomas about the coming merger, not believing it would ever happen. The term alludes to the disciple Thomas, who doubted Jesus's resurrection until he had first-hand evidence of it (John 20:24-29).
See also: doubt, Thomas

a doubting Thomas

a person who refuses to believe something without having incontrovertible proof; a sceptic.
In the Bible, the apostle Thomas said that he would not believe that Christ had risen from the dead until he had seen and touched his wounds (John 20:24–9).
See also: doubt, Thomas

a ˌdoubting ˈThomas

a person who will not believe something without proof: Now, for all you doubting Thomases who thought I couldn’t win an important race, here’s my medal to prove it!This expression comes from the Bible. Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had been brought back to life until he saw Jesus for himself and touched his wounds.
See also: doubt, Thomas
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This Sunday's services looked at counting God's blessings and the impact of Handsome Thomas - better known as Doubting Thomas - explored in drama, with an evening service of worship and reflection.
Children's writer Morris Gleitzman came from Australia to pick up The Raring 2 Read Award for his book, Doubting Thomas.
They'll never have the edge over their rivals until they actually beat them - and they have been talking about that for the last five years - so I am one of the Doubting Thomas when it comes to Cork and I'll reserve my judgment on them until later in the summer.
They will believe nothing unless, like doubting Thomas, they can actually touch, feel and see it.
Doubting Thomas has become something of a national pastime with each passing track season.
Pics: Alan SIMPSON First impressions: Levet looks terrified as he is confronted with a haggis and trimmings; The French inquisition: Doubting Thomas takes a closer look at our national dish before deciding whether to face his demons and take a bite; The moment of truth: There's just no; turning back as the Frenchman tucks in; Time to leg it: Thomas looks like he's ready to throw up after his introduction to haggis, neeps and tatties and insisted he wouldn't dare to tackle the famous Scots delicacy again
These stories are undoubtedly familiar, as they involve the so-called Doubting Thomas and also show up at other times of the liturgical year.
Touch is what we turn to, after all, when we cannot believe our eyes, which suggests that with Reed's paintings we, like Doubting Thomas, are uncertain whether what we see is real.
The interior of the palace was also decorated with images of some of Florence's favorite saints, such as John the Baptist (the commune's patron saint), Bernard of Clairvaux (who was adopted as the Palace's patron), Zenobius (an early Florentine bishop who was believed to have helped save the city from invasion by the Goths), Christopher (who because he provided protection against sudden death and accident "was a popular saint in public places"), Doubting Thomas (whose image in the audience chamber of the Signoria was accompanied by a sonnet of Franco Sacchetti, exhorting onlookers "to touch the truth" as Saint Thomas had done), and Victor (who was revered because the Florentines had won a victory against Pisa on his feast day in 1364).
Despite those doubting Thomas, Hanlon also insists the scrawny youngster can survive against the jumbo English forwards.
AS a former Doubting Thomas, I'm happy to express the view that British Champions Day is working.
HE'S NO doubting Thomas when it comes to Filipino resilience in the wake of the flooding that displaced thousands of families in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.
Life would be so much easier if I could but, like Doubting Thomas, I need to see the evidence.
He won the Raring 2 Read poll in the 2010 Coventry Inspiration Book Awards with his novel Doubting Thomas and will be coming to the UK to attend the awards ceremony at St Mary's Hall on June 16 to present the winners with their prizes.
John 20:24 tells us that the apostle, who has become known as Doubting Thomas, refused to believe until he had seen.