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She challenges accepted doctrine.
  a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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Strongly Associated with:   doctrinaire
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  • She challenges accepted doctrine.
  • The Monroe Doctrine helped to limit European influence in South America.
  • The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
    H. L. Mencken
  • Living apart and at peace with myself, I came to realize more vividly the meaning of the doctrine of acceptance. To refrain from giving advice, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others, to refrain, even though the motives be the highest, from tampering with another’s way of life - so simple, yet so difficult for an active spirit.
    Henry Miller

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  • Say what men may, it is doctrine that moves the world. He who takes no position will not sway the human intellect.
    William Thayer Shedd
  • A clash of doctrines is not a disaster—it is an opportunity.
    Alfred North Whitehead
  • They called his policy the Bush Doctrine; though implementation was far from clear.
  • We have heard of the impious doctrine in the Old World, that the people were made for kings, not kings for the people.
    Madison, James  --  Federalist Papers Authored by James Madison
  • ...during the previous period, there had been the splintering of the Catholic Church, not, as with previous schisms, largely along political control of the papacy, but along doctrinal lines between Roman Catholic and Protestant theologies.
    Age of Enlightenment - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • Administration, leadership and doctrine are usually decided democratically by the lay members of each individual church, which accounts for the variation of beliefs from one Baptist church to another.
    Baptist - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)

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  • Indeed, perhaps no more should be asked of a philosophical doctrine than that it function well in the circumstances in which it is used and help get a job done.
    James W. Ceaser  --  Toward a New Public Philosophy  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Roman Catholics believe that Jesus’ role in the Church includes an ongoing active role in maintaining the Church free from doctrinal error, and ...
    Roman Catholic Church - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.
  • Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man.
    Robert Ingersoll
  • There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.
    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Dialogue has shown that even where the break with one of these ancient Churches occurred as far back as the Councils of Ephesus (431) and Chalcedon (451), long before the break with Constantinople (1054), the few doctrinal differences often concern terminology, not substance.
    Roman Catholic Church - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • Within Christianity, there are numerous distinct traditions, denominations, and church bodies, many with various doctrinal differences related to culture and place.
    Christianity - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • The Rehnquist Court, to its credit, has crafted federalism doctrines to curb this tendency.
    Michael S. Greve  --  How to Think about Constitutional Change, Part II  --,pubID.22942/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The real fun is working up hatred between ... [them] when neither party could possibly state the difference between, say, Hooker’s doctrine and Thomas Aquinas’, in any form which would hold water for five minutes.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that ’violence never settles anything’ I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • I was not baptized a Catholic, but it suits me, its beliefs and doctrines sit easily with me.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • We are a congregation of Catholics who have chosen as our priority to follow Catholic doctrine as rigorously as we can in our own daily lives.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Except where it touched upon her own life she had no interest in Party doctrine.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Contrary to basic military doctrine, Washington had divided his forces between Manhattan and Long Island.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation, and chaos.
    George C. Marshall  --  The Marshall Plan
  • But these doctrines existed more on paper than on plantations, just as Pakistani laws exist in the statute books but don’t impede brothel owners who choose to eliminate troublesome girls.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Pakistan’s dysfunctional educational system made advancing Wahhabi doctrine a simple matter of economics.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • New York is saying to me right now: you, Jean Louise Finch, are not reacting according to our doctrines regarding your kind, therefore you do not exist.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I went back to law school with an intense desire to understand the laws and doctrines that sanctioned the death penalty and extreme punishments.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "First is the Doctrine of Correspondence, which says, ’similarity enhances sympathy.’
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He’d simply sat there mutely as the Council found her parents—two of Phoenix’s most brilliant scientists—to be in violation of the Gaia Doctrine, the rules established after the Cataclysm to ensure the survival of the human race.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Several books on Christian doctrine seemed equally inappropriate.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I would think of Haarlem, each substantial church set behind its wrought-iron fence and its barrier of doctrine.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • So, in my talks with Indar about Africa—the purpose of his outfit, the Domain, his anxieties about imported doctrines, the danger to Africa of its very newness, first ideas being caught most securely by new minds as sticky as adhesive tape—I felt that between us lay some dishonesty, or just an omission, some blank, around which we both had to walk carefully.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • I would have wild morning and afternoon romps in the hay and all of this could only enhance the quality of my literary output, despite the prevailing bleak doctrine concerning sexual "sublimation."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Again, as I had often met it in my own church, I was confronted with the Impurity of Women doctrine that seemed to preoccupy all clergymen.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I’ll pay that doctrine, or else die in debt.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • A study of family portraits is enough to convert a man to the doctrine of reincarnation.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Illuminism is not a pure doctrine, just because it is attracted by social activity and puffed up by pride.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Here is an historical figure whom all men reverence and love, whom some regard as divine; and who was one of us—who lived our life, and taught our doctrine.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • So after centuries of being pounded with the doctrine that altruism is the ultimate ideal, men have accepted it in the only way it could be accepted.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • This is the doctrine of truth, and most consoling and refreshing it is to the true believer.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • You are inclining toward false doctrines, my young friend; you will be lost.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • If folks want to keep their slaves from running away, let ’cause treat ’cause well,—that’s my doctrine.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • But if the doctrine of Fast-Fish be pretty generally applicable, the kindred doctrine of Loose-Fish is still more widely so.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • True, but Jesus had little to do with LDS doctrine.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Love each other; he declared this to be complete, desired nothing further, and that was the whole of his doctrine.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • All the doctrines, the ideas, the systems, with which Andrey Semyonovitch pestered him had no interest for him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The learned among them confess the absurdity of this doctrine; but the practice still continues, in compliance to the vulgar.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Not one of them, not the biggest drunkard, not the mostů. out-and-out ruffian, not one of them ever preached ex cathedra a word of false doctrine.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
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