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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary

Belief

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In its general and natural sense, denotes a persuasion or an assent of the mind to the truth of any proposition. In this sense belief has no relation to any particular kind of means or arguments, but may be produced by any means whatever: thus we are said to believe our senses, to believe our reason, to believe a witness. Belief, in its more restrained sense, denotes that kind of assent which is grounded only on the authority or testimony of some person. In this sense belief stands opposed to knowledge and science. We do not say that we believe snow is white, but we know it to be so. But when a thing is propounded to us, of which we ourselves have no knowledge, but which appears to us to be true from the testimony given to it by another, this is what we call belief.

See FAITH.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Belief'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/b/belief.html. 1802.

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