an article of faith

an article of faith

Something that one believes strongly, whether or not it is actually true. My mother takes it as an article of faith that the government is always right and should never be questioned. In prep school, it is taken as an article of faith that everyone must go on to college.
See also: article, faith, of

an article of faith

a firmly held belief.
Article is here used in the sense of ‘a statement or item in a summary of religious belief’.
1994 Paul Ormerod The Death of Economics It is an article of faith in orthodox economics that free trade between nations is wholly desirable.
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References in classic literature ?
The Bible," said Aramis, "make our belief in them a law; the ghost of Samuel appeared to Saul, and it is an article of faith that I should be very sorry to see any doubt thrown upon, Porthos.
I do not judge you; I have not weighed you in the scales of Reason and found you Perfection--it is simply an article of faith.
Perhaps this is the reason why it is an article of faith with the servants, handed down from race to race, that the departed Tisher was a hairdresser.
She noted that for the Indian government, strategic cooperation with Afghanistan is an article of faith, which has a spiritual and civilisation connect.
Because some in the government-not all-are into crime smuggling of rice, smuggling of everything, smuggling of airplanes and on, and we just cannot- I hold it as an article of faith.
After all, for lo these many years, it has been an Article of Faith that NH is and will always be John McCain country.
Independence is an article of faith for the nationalist zealots.
It is an article of faith among gun owners that one of the contributing factors in the rise of the Third Reich and the Holocaust was the confiscation of privately owned firearms.
He said that the RSS has been consistent in stating that it has no role to play in the allegations that are being cast on leaders of its sister wings, and added that it has been an article of faith with the RSS that any individual or organisation indulging in any kind of illegal activity should be subjected to an impartial probe, and thos found guilty, should be punished.
This is an article of faith, rooted in those magnificent words of St.
Since it is now an article of faith that you need big stars to finance a straight play on Broadway, it definitely helps to have Kiefer Sutherland and Chris Noth onboard for this revival of "That Championship Season.
It should the our greatest strength that we don't have, on the end of our tongues, a brief and pithy rationalization for the structure and purpose of the whole universe, only a statement, that to some scientists, is a scandal: an article of faith.
They simply assert, as an article of faith, that "there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.
Mr Rosser says he is avoiding theology, but a Nobel Prize winning scientist states: "We all believe, as an article of faith, that life evolved from dead matter on this planet.