Capitalization of God/god

just clarifying

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Comment by Unseen on May 4, 2012 at 5:51pm

@Tom Holm

Putb it like this, if your writing a paper or article then yes capitalize it as it is proper grammer. But any other time, fuck it and if they don't like it then so what?

The graphic we're discussing appears to be a teaching tool. You're right, there are times to be formally correct and the rest of the time, so what? But the rest of the time doesn't leave much to discuss, so let's assume we're talking about proper English here.

Comment by Unseen on May 4, 2012 at 6:57pm

Y'all stop it now.

I like the creative use of language even when it bends grammar rules, but I don't like having to decipher lazy or careless scribblers. My gramma's far from Perfect, but Perfect is always trying to be an exclusive dog ma, and I don't mean Dog Ma, Gramma, but bitchin', right Dog?

Fictional Character Names get capitalized. Period!

Otherwise it's mickey mouse, betty crocker, visnu, and the silver surfer. And we can't have that, can we?

Comment by Atheist Exile on May 5, 2012 at 7:29am

@Jim Minion,

How dense can you get? How many ways to I have to say it? I don't give a flying fuck how you do or don't capitalize God. I capitalize for several reasons, including grammar. You can not capitalize for any reason you like. It doesn't matter to me. Do your own thing. Different strokes for different folks. To each his own. etc. etc. etc.

Don't sweat the petty things.

And don't pet the sweaty things.

Comment by diggerbanks on May 5, 2012 at 7:37am

It brings up the subject "Why is God called God instead of being a named being who happened to be a god?"

Surely it's another part of the control mechanism of christianity to debunk or dilute all other gods.

Comment by Unseen on May 5, 2012 at 9:48am

Imagining what a Christian might say, "Because I don't call my father 'Herb.' I call him 'Dad.'"

Comment by Pope Beanie on May 5, 2012 at 11:42pm

@Atheist Exile no, I wasn't picking you out in particular.

Grammar seems to me to inherit as much credibility and enforcement (and sometimes, fanaticism) as dogma. About 1-1/2 years ago I started a wordy discussion here at TA trying to explain this without causing readers to add their emotions to it. I want to re-write it before posting a link here because it's too long, and it looks disorganized after some members deleted all of their TA posts when they quit TA.

Summary: The enforcement of strict rules for language is probably a vestigial, psychological urge that was most useful way back when we humans were evolving languages. It's not just "grammar nazis" that push the rules so hard, but any culture or subculture that evolves its own language variations, especially adolescents. Many humans make fun of others who speak differently, because of a built-in, emotionally-based urge to speak "appropriately" among peers. The enforcement of vocabulary and grammar rules was essential when humans were first developing language, but it's used too often now as an ad hom weapon, even as our language is now orders of magnitude more developed and effective than it was when it first evolved.

Although what I'm saying is related to Andrew's topic, I don't want to take his discussion off course. Y'all go ahead and continue to express yourselves honestly! When I repost my dissident pov, I'll provide a link somewhere.

Comment by G. Michael Williams on May 5, 2012 at 11:48pm

The reason for lowercase "g", the theist assert talking about god, means it's real.  Using a G infers respect for their  faith, hence the lowercase to show a complete disregard for their belief system.

Comment by Unseen on May 6, 2012 at 12:12am

@G. Michael Williams

Atheism as a hate group rather than defenders of reason.

Comment by G. Michael Williams on May 6, 2012 at 12:25am

@Unseen, when I deny another human rights for their delusion, you may call it hate.  Not respecting something that deserves no respect is reasonable.

Comment by Unseen on May 6, 2012 at 12:27am

Your problem is the problem of all radicals: you're more concerned with pleasing yourself than accomplishing anything.


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