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What Christian words should we capitalize?
What Christian words should we capitalize?

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. 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 necessarily need to capitalize it, though most people do, since it's referring to a specific book (the Bible).

The Bible: Capitalize

You do capitalize the Bible because it is referring to a specific book.

Biblical/Scriptural: Lowercase

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 always 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.) Sometimes it can be up to personal preference.

Am I the only nerd who finds this absolutely fascinating? Leave me a comment to tell me!

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  • Hi Felicity,
    You are not alone! I also find this very fascinating. I am editing a Christian book written by a friend of mine and I really want to get it right. I have been reading up on this stuff and I agree with all that you have said!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    God bless,
    Yasmin

    Yasmin, MAY 2019
  • Thank you!

    Kasey
  • Loved it 💗

    Corey.
  • I love this. It falls under the category of showing Him and the things of God honor. Thanks for clearing this up.

    Amy Williams
  • I think it is preferable to err on the side of REVERENCE,

    C. V. Halili, Jr.