article of belief

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The first sentence, then, is a succinct statement of an article of belief shared by many (not only or exclusively Catholic); unfortunately, the second sentence of this passage is the direct opposite of this article of belief.
In American diplomatic practice, the current policy becomes to a remarkable degree an article of belief.
It questions sources and shapes coherent themes, rejecting assumptions that the former can be left to 'speak for themselves' (still an article of belief among non-historians) and that the latter will somehow emerge without thought (equally common but implicit).