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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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It is an article of faith in some circles that since the Reagan-era rise of conservatism in national politics, the rich have gotten richer and the poor poorer.
It's an article of faith among the Religious Right that the only way to decrease sexual activity among teenagers is through programs that preach abstinence until marriage.
But he denied he was trying to "pick a fight" with his party's right wing - who have long viewed grammar schools as an article of faith - or emulate Tony Blair's 1995 "Clause Four" moment when he faced down Labour traditionalists over the commitment to nationalisation.
It becomes an article of faith that everything will be all right on the night - but that faith is just a little bit wobbly
Don't be afraid to trust the tiny article of faith inside
Born Losers is a must read for anyone interested in American identity formation, the expansion of capitalism as political-economy and article of faith, the construction of economic striving as a moral imperative, and the psychological and social costs of a national ideology centered on self-reliance and economic ambition as the hallmarks of a successful life.
Public figures in Britain are urged to wear the red poppy almost as an "article of faith" while simultaneously being told not to wear items such as the crucifix, the director of Ekklesia, Jonathan Bartley, has claimed.
Add to all this the custom of the Church, from time immemorial, of offering Masses for the deceased and "for the souls of the faithful departed" and we cannot but conclude that the doctrine of the existence of Purgatory is an article of Faith.
This argument had little resonance on the left because its basic article of faith was that all but the most corrupt South Vietnamese were closet Vietcong.
Labour hangs on to its belief that health care should be free for all at the point of delivery as an article of faith. But what was good, right and visionary in 1947 is now hopelessly out of date if we want a service capable of dealing with all the highly complex, technical and expensive demands of modern medicine.
"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.