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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.
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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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The most pre-eminent scientific group in America has produced a definitive analysis of our decade-long experience with gun control and shattered what has become an article of faith among proponents," they continued.
It is often taken as an article of faith that teenagers prefer specialty stores over chain stores as their favored venue for shopping.
We explore the role of fantasy in ballet, film, and even in the shadowy world of the apocryphal gospels, where our authors undertake a scholarly journey to the frontier between Christian article of faith and the realm of the fairy tale.
The only way to break this logical conundrum is through faith, but an article of faith cannot serve as a premise for an argument based ostensibly on reason.
Louis Post-Dispatch that, "What I believe personally as a Catholic as an article of faith is an article of faith.
For many years, most otolaryngologists have held as an article of faith the belief that steroids are important in suppressing, eliminating, and preventing granulation tissue.
The miraculous power of English language training to generate good will is not just an article of faith at DLIELC; it is a matter of fact.
Of course, there are some Chainsaw Als out there for whom slashing high-level bodies is an article of faith.
A kirpan--a small, ceremonial sword--is a Sikh religious article of faith that those who agree to live according to the strict discipline of the Sikh faith must carry at all times.
This misconception is taken as an article of faith just about everywhere south of the Santa Monicas, and I doubt not it is carved in jade on the walls of the City Council chambers and upon the frieze at the Los Angeles Times building.
But in Milpa Alta, the natural goodness--and commercial promise--of the nopal is an article of faith.
This is to say simply that Cassuto's insistence on simplicity, empiricism, innateness, and fact is an article of faith or an ethical commitment, an instance of what William James called the will to believe; I try to believe, too, but I think it's best to admit that an ethical imperative should not be presented as a positive scientific truth.
It is an article of faith among many tax planners that, absent any other restriction (like the passive activity loss limitation), an S shareholder should be able to deduct S losses to the extent chat he has tax basis in S stock and debt.
Pittman offers this Queer American Dream earnestly, his apple-pie symbolism, though retaining a hint of menace, adopted nonetheless as an article of faith, or at least as something both "beloved and despised" (to quote from the title of a series of paintings).