church doctrine


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Noun1.church doctrine - the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that groupchurch doctrine - the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group
original sin - a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam; "Adam and Eve committed the original sin when they ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden"
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
confession - the document that spells out the belief system of a given church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th century)
ahimsa - a Buddhist and Hindu and especially Jainist doctrine holding that all forms of life are sacred and urging the avoidance of violence
dogma, tenet - a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof
ecumenicalism, ecumenicism, ecumenism - (Christianity) the doctrine of the ecumenical movement that promotes cooperation and better understanding among different religious denominations: aimed at universal Christian unity
Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Immaculate Conception - (Christianity) the Roman Catholic dogma that God preserved the Virgin Mary from any stain of original sin from the moment she was conceived
Incarnation - (Christianity) the Christian doctrine of the union of God and man in the person of Jesus Christ
Nicene Creed - (Christianity) a formal creed summarizing Christian beliefs; first adopted in 325 and later expanded
real presence - (Christianity) the Christian doctrine that the body of Christ is actually present in the Eucharist
References in classic literature ?
It might seem singular that Nancy--with her religious theory pieced together out of narrow social traditions, fragments of church doctrine imperfectly understood, and girlish reasonings on her small experience--should have arrived by herself at a way of thinking so nearly akin to that of many devout people, whose beliefs are held in the shape of a system quite remote from her knowledge--singular, if we did not know that human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barriers of system.
But Romney has never publicly indicated any distance from church doctrine. He is an "elder" who performed missionary service in France as a young man and didn't protest the church's overt racism and priestly discrimination before it was abolished in 1978.
In Rome we now have a Pope who looks set to be hardline and unbending when it comes to church doctrine. Joseph Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI - has been labelled God's Rottweiler.
Zajaczkowski further argues that, unlike his contemporary Adam Mickiewicz, Norwid never deviated from Church doctrine, articulating it instead in his highly original and idiosyncratic verse and prose.
Emphasizing the importance of constancy in church doctrine despite pressure from outside and constantly changing environments, Tumultuous Times is a resource that reflects the abiding faith of its authors, as well as their passionate conviction that that there can only be on true church.
They make recommendations for reform but made no judgment on whether Church doctrine needs to be changed.
bishops are discussing penalties from speaking bans to excommunication for this and other instances of ignoring church doctrine.
The media has done everything possible to draw attention away from the fact that active homosexuals posing as priests and acting in violation of church doctrine are responsible for these scandals.
He was the first to make explicit this realignment of faith around the expansive self, so that all parts of church doctrine and practice come to be articulated from the self's feeling of absolute dependence.
The author places great emphasis on 'oral evidence as a medium through which to examine the dimension of personal religious belief' and gives the reader some wonderful insights into the religious beliefs, or lack thereof, of 'the people.' One is less sure of her grasp of church doctrine rega rding sacramental grace, as in her reference to 'the ritual of communion.' Having said that, any church historian will be more than grateful for the author's skill in giving us such a widely based insight into 'the people's' uses and understandings of the Christian religion.
She observes that Erasmus, in spite of his radical historiography, does not share the view of church doctrine of the "radical reformers."
Under Patrick Treftenero's direction, Donovan glides from the scripted to the improvisational as she wanders the theater grilling her class on the lives of the saints, the Immaculate Conception and other nuggets of Church doctrine. Donovan's clever barbs are aimed at everything from bingo nights and the ordination of nuns to purgatory and the pope.