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adjective as in theological

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Once again, originalism provided the best justification for the Court’s doctrinal about-face, though then-Chief Justice Earl Warren’s opinion muted this fact, which became clear only in retrospect.

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There’s also doctrinal rituals about how people engage in costly sacrifice.

To create larger imagined communities, there are doctrinal rituals where you get a group of people who repeat the same thing.

The resulting affair mixed the doctrinal with the sensational: It was part Jonathan Edwards, part Nancy Grace.

Among the religious parties doctrinal and ethnic differences are sharp.

Later generations of medieval copyists would do the same—inserting doctrinal formulae into the mouths of expiring martyrs.

“Mystical experiences in general do not follow doctrinal precepts,” Bush says.

Now, I gather that adherence to this literal view, held by Joseph Smith, is not for Mormons today a doctrinal matter.

(b) It has a religious mission and a doctrinal propaganda—which has also been invariably denied.

It is the misery of doctrinal Church standards that they necessarily rule so much of a man's thinking.

To say the truth, there lay at the bottom of her doctrinal system this stable corner-stone,Mr. Scudder used to believe it,I will.

The argumentative force of the passage being admitted, its doctrinal import deserves attention.

But before he follows up his doctrinal discourse with practical precepts he once more reproves the Galatians.


On this page you'll find 252 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to doctrinal, such as: rigid, bigoted, bourgeois, button down, commonplace, and conforming.

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