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belief system

the configuration of beliefs which exists in a particular society or culture. The term may be used to refer to the entirety of the knowledge and beliefs within a society, including scientific and technological knowledge. It has more often been used to describe the patterns of religious beliefs and VALUES, and the central principles underlying these, which give distinctiveness and coherence to the modes of thought within a society or culture. See also WORLD VIEW.
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A shell house represents a ruined estate in the English countryside, the tissue of lies and self-deceptions people use to sustain their daily activity, and a belief system, such as Christianity, which sustains hope that life has meaning and suffering has purpose.
However, they gave no indication that this belief system is the reason that the donut does not contain animal products.
By adopting such a belief system teachers can be 'freed' and a number of consequences occur, most notably, the concept of 'structural cognitive modifiability'.
According to the magazine, "The Putin administration's real belief system can be summed up in three letters" : KGB.
Since the Yoruba belief system is illustrative of most West African belief systems, I shall describe its major features in order to give a better understanding of the sacred cosmos.
Known as "the Gnostic Gospels," they reveal a very different early Christian belief system from that reflected in the scriptures selected by the founding church fathers as worthy of inclusion in the official canon.
The appeals court held that the belief system of the inmate, who was a self-proclaimed adherent of the "Hebrew religion" and derived his beliefs from his own fundamentalist interpretation of the Old Testament, was a religion within the meaning of the First Amendment.
NRM members may approach strangers or distribute pamphlets in the hope of enticing the uninitiated to attend a series of classes or lectures about the group's belief system.
In some individuals, MCS is characterized by a belief system (17); this is consistent with the increasing concern of the public regarding environmental pollution and health effects of exposure to man-made chemicals (32,33).
Members must make a commitment to an unchanging belief system that places a common cause or standard ahead of individual agendas or gains.
Positively restructured, a more accurate belief system empowers the dancer with a sense of self-esteem, control, responsibility, determination, and optimism.