God? Or god?
December 5, 2010 6:37 PM Subscribe
Are there official grammatical rules about the capitalization of the words "god", "lord" etc. when referring specifically to Christianity (or any specific faith)?
posted by Carlotta Bananas to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I know these words are typically capitalized, I've always thought from a reverential motivation (so they wouldn't be capitalized when not referring to that specific faith, just a god). But is it also considered grammatically correct to do so? Example: I'm writing an essay exploring the interpretation of Christian faith from the p.o.v. of two poems. As I am maintaining a neutral, analytical tone, would capitalizing imply deference? Or is the Christian "God" maybe considered a proper name? Same question for "he" when referring to God or Jesus.