I conclude, therefore, that there must be belief-feelings of the same order as those of doubt or disbelief
, although phenomena closely analogous to those of belief can be produced by mere uncontradicted images.
The dull, gray weight of clouds made it invisible; but it was no hour for disbelief
,--no juncture this to question that there was a sky above, and an Almighty Father looking from it!
He was prompted to express his disbelief
very strongly-- perhaps that he might call forth the proofs, if there were any to be offered.
He accomplishes this result partly through his power of suggesting the real unity of the inner and outer worlds, partly through his skill, resting in a large degree on vivid impressionistic description, in making strange scenes appear actual, in securing from the reader what he himself called 'that willing suspension of disbelief
which constitutes poetic faith.' Almost every one has felt the weird charm of 'The Ancient Mariner,' where all the unearthly story centers about a moral and religious idea, and where we are dazzled by a constant succession of such pictures as these:
He shook off her hold; he began to gather courage again, in the intense sincerity of his disbelief
, courage to face the assertion which she persisted in forcing on him.
Whilst that lasts, there can be no disbelief
. Mina and I fear to be idle, so we have been over all the diaries again and again.
Bertha, the slim, fair-haired girl, whose present thoughts and emotions were an enigma to me amidst the fatiguing obviousness of the other minds around me, was as absorbing to me as a single unknown to-day--as a single hypothetic proposition to remain problematic till sunset; and all the cramped, hemmed-in belief and disbelief
, trust and distrust, of my nature, welled out in this one narrow channel.
In the very expression of his face this naivete was unmistakably evident, this disbelief
in the insincerity of others, and unsuspecting disregard of irony or humour in their words.
"No person," the court continued, "can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs
, for church attendance or non-attendance.