The price of pretense rises, and the believer leaves former friends shaking their heads at his delusions.
Still, that might not do it: not every believer, or even all members of the penitent, will be taken.
As is so often the case in religious history, it is the heretic who shows the weakness of the believer.
Boghossian instructs atheists to ask leading questions to guide the believer toward moments of uncertainty.
But nothing behooves a believer like condemnation—persecution is the mark of success, abandonment the measure of purity.
Not a man present, believer or scoffer, but breathed a silent prayer.
I am a believer in regular work, and never wait for an inspiration.
If, therefore, the believer is on one cross and the world on another, the moral distance between the two is vast indeed.
Yielding to her wishes, her parents engaged her to the son of a believer.
From a believer he becomes a creditor, for religion he substitutes law.
Old English belyfan "to believe," earlier geleafa (Mercian), gelefa (Northumbrian), gelyfan (West Saxon) "believe," from Proto-Germanic *ga-laubjan "to believe," perhaps literally "hold dear, love" (cf. Old Saxon gilobian "believe," Dutch geloven, Old High German gilouben, German glauben), ultimately a compound based on PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love" (see belief).
Spelling beleeve is common till 17c.; then altered, perhaps by influence of relieve, etc. To believe on instead of in was more common in 16c. but now is a peculiarity of theology; believe of also sometimes was used in 17c. Related: Believed (formerly occasionally beleft); believing. Expression believe it or not attested by 1874; Robert Ripley's newspaper cartoon of the same name is from 1918. Emphatic you better believe attested from 1854.