1. In the beginning of a discussion of belief should be the verb. The noun form is secondary, and its relation to the verb form is this: Whenever a person said to believe, it is implied that there is an answer (known or unknown) to the question “What does that person believe?”. The answer must take the form of a sentence, and that sentence is the person’s belief. Among a person’s beliefs, for example, might be these: War in the near-East will continue for a long time; the stock market is due for a correction; Henry VIII wrote some worthy music; Quito is due South of Philadelphia; and so on.