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Belief

Belief is usually defined as a conviction of the truth of a proposition without its verification; therefore a belief is a subjective mental interpretation derived from perceptions, contemplation(reasoning), or communication.

In the religious sense, "belief" refers to a part of a wider spiritual or moral foundation -- generally called faith.

Knowledge is often defined as justified true belief, in that the belief must be considered to correspond to reality and must be derived from valid evidence and arguments.

In the religious sense, "belief" refers to a part of a wider spiritual or moral foundation -- generally called faith.

Historically, faiths were generated by groups seeking a functionally valid foundation to sustain them.

The generally accepted faiths usually note that, when the exercise of faith leads to oppression, clarification or further revelation is called for.

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