act of believing

See: credence
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Nietzsche's obvious moral, however, is that great scientists and thinkers, once they have reached the wall encircling scepticism and have thereby learned to recover their confidence in the act of believing, as such, usually manifest the change in their outlook by falling victims to the narrowest and most superstitious of creeds.
Hix argues that it is the act of believing, more than the thing believed, that relates more directly to intolerance.
The book asks not only why we believe con artists, but also examines the very act of believing and how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.
"It is the act of believing itself that unites us," Bryant said.
Instead, he built common ground and understanding between the faiths by celebrating their shared act of believing.
For present purposes we may define the act of believing in practical terms, distinguishing it from other thought processes, including cognitive or intellectual acts such as calculating or logic, and affective activities such as liking, loving, or hating.
Moreover, philosophizing enters into the act of believing itself and in the formulations which seek to express this faith.