Some of these “religions” have beliefs and practices that border on the bizarre and disturbing.
They see Obama's decidedly centrist Cabinet as a betrayal of his beliefs and his base.
She is passionate about her politics, wearing her beliefs, quite literally, on her sleeve.
Many are evangelicals, eager to broadcast, in word or on T-shirts, their beliefs.
The new guidelines will emphasize the Christian beliefs of the Founding Fathers.
But the years passed, and the panorama of beliefs swept by, and no one could tell this man what was the Truth.
Not to be tedious, they had many other beliefs of a similar kind.
Thus this contest was war to the death between these new allies and ancient laws and beliefs.
Haven't other people as good a right to live their beliefs as you?
There is, however, a perpetual conflict amongst feelings, from which results an incongruity of beliefs.
late 12c., bileave, replacing Old English geleafa "belief, faith," from West Germanic *ga-laubon "to hold dear, esteem, trust" (cf. Old Saxon gilobo, Middle Dutch gelove, Old High German giloubo, German Glaube), from *galaub- "dear, esteemed," from intensive prefix *ga- + *leubh- "to care, desire, like, love" (see love (v.)). The prefix was altered on analogy of the verb believe. The distinction of the final consonant from that of believe developed 15c.
"The be-, which is not a natural prefix of nouns, was prefixed on the analogy of the vb. (where it is naturally an intensive) .... [OED]Belief used to mean "trust in God," while faith meant "loyalty to a person based on promise or duty" (a sense preserved in keep one's faith, in good (or bad) faith and in common usage of faithful, faithless, which contain no notion of divinity). But faith, as cognate of Latin fides, took on the religious sense beginning in 14c. translations, and belief had by 16c. become limited to "mental acceptance of something as true," from the religious use in the sense of "things held to be true as a matter of religious doctrine" (a sense attested from early 13c.).