Have any of you ever wondered what Christian terms we should capitalize, and which ones we shouldn’t? You may be surprised by the answers…
Pronouns for God: Capitalize
Although technically not wrong or right, it is general consensus to capitalize any pronouns for God (He, Him, and His.) It shows reverence and respect for the Lord, although it is technically grammatically incorrect. This also applies for any pronouns for Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, since they are also God.
The Word: Depends!
Ok, so this one messes me up a lot. In John 1:1 (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”), “word” is capitalized, because “the Word” is referring to Jesus, a proper noun. However, if you are talking about “the word”, as in the Bible, then you do not capitalize it.
The Bible: Capitalize
You do capitalize the Bible, because it is referring to a specific book.
However, since “biblical” and “scriptural” are adjectives, you keep these lowercase.
Old Testament/New Testament: Capitalize
Again, you are referring to specific books, so you capitalize these titles.
Bible Study: Capitalize just “Bible”
I’ve been doing this wrong all along! I always capitalize “study” in “Bible study”, but that is apparently wrong. If you are referring to your personal devotions or a ministry group, you always write it as: Bible study, not Bible Study. (On that note: Apparently, you only capitalize Bible in “vacation Bible school”, not “Vacation Bible School.” The more you know!)
The Almighty: Depends!
Wow, this one surprised me. You capitalize almighty in “the Almighty”, but not in “the almighty God.” Hmm.
The Gospel: Depends!
You capitalize gospel in the context of “the Gospel of Matthew”, but not when you are talking about “the gospel” in general, as in Jesus’ crucifixion and offer of salvation.
Heaven & Hell: Depends!
These terms are left as lowercase by those who don’t believe these places exist. Since we believe they are actual places you can go to, we capitalize them. (In some Bibles, like my own, they are left as lowercase.) Although technically they are supposed to stay lowercase, it is up to personal preference.
Am I the only nerd who finds this absolutely fascinating? Leave me a comment to tell me!