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Regarding the usage of some 'bad' language [closed]

Is there a legitimate or edifying literary purpose for the many forms of blasphemy (forgive spelling) that have appeared in many modern works of literature. Does it really help a story line or plot or ...
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Is there a less religious alternative to “the creation” when referring to everything that's alive?

Is there an alternative to "the creation" (when referring to everything that is alive) that is less "religious"? After all, having a creation implies there is also a creator.
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Can a human “bless” anything?

Does the word "bless" apply only to God? For example, can a human bless anything (such as "bless the day")? Or can only God bless? Note, I am asking about the usage of the word "bless", and not about ...
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What is the difference between a Cathedral and a Minster? [closed]

In the UK we have a lot of Cathedrals. We also have York Minster but I'm unsure what is special about York that makes it a Minster rather than another Cathedral. The only other case I can think of is ...
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What word denotes a belief that apparently inanimate objects actually express a malicious, autonomous will?

I came across this word a few years ago, but can't find it now. I do not mean deodand, animism, pathetic fallacy, scapegoating, anthropomorphism, or personification (Word for attaching blame to ...
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What do you call an “atheist” who might believe in an afterlife?

Is there a term for someone who proclaims they don't believe in an afterlife but they are not sure whether the supernatural exists? I don't mean agnostic. Atheists don't believe in a deity, but an ...
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Is there a word for hate against religions or a specific religion? Is there a single word for religious intolerance? [duplicate]

We have racism, which implies hate against one or more races. We have sexism, which implies hate against one of the sexes. We have nationalism, which implies hate against one or more nationalities. ...
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Addressing religious authorities

I want to write letters with the same content but addressed to religious authorities of different religions and levels, from the local Christian priest to the Dalai Lama. Is there a greeting I can use ...
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An alternative valediction to “godspeed” wishing someone success in a venture

I am essentially searching for a well-wishing exclamation that does not imply divine intervention.
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Are there religious swear words in English the way there are in French-speaking Québec (like “Câlisse!”)?

Are there in English any cases of using religious words for swear words, most likely in predominantly Christian regions? I ask because in the Canadian province of Québec, which is primarily ...
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What is the most common collocation to describe the seven trumpets blown in Revelation?

Revelation 8:1-2 (of the Bible) says the following (KJV): And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which ...
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Word or phrase for capitalizing pronouns referring to gods

Some publications capitalize He, Him, etc., when referring to a god. What is this practice called? 'Proper noun' is rather generic.
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How did the term “Judaism” or “Jews” came into usage, who coined this term first? [closed]

How did the terms Judaism and Jews came into usage, who coined those terms? Also how and when did the term Judaism begin being used for denoting a religion?
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deity / divinity / god

I'm translating some Buddhist texts to English and I'm wondering if there are any subtle differences in usage between the words deity, divinity, and god (in the lower case sense)? What is the word ...
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The spiritual usage of the word “revelation” [closed]

I translate some spiritual texts and this word revelation is very tricky to translate to another language that really does not have a similar word. For example: "God has sent a new revelation to the ...
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Is “there's no sin on you” standard?

In some translations of the Holy Quran, the following translation comes up: And if you decide on a foster suckling-mother for your children, there is no sin on you, provided you pay (the mother) ...
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“I don't know” is to “agnostic” as “I don't care” is to what adjective?

Atheists reject that God exists and agnostics do not know if God exists. What is the word for people who do not care if God exists? Does some word moonlight for that or is there a specific term (apart ...
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Words based on the names of gods [closed]

While the word christen means "to baptise" or "to make Christian", in another sense, it has shed its religious connotations to simply mean "to name" or even "use for the first time". Is there any ...
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What drives the usage of 'God', 'Jesus', and 'Jesus Christ' as expletives? [closed]

I grew up in a conservative Christian home, and was taught that we do not 'take God's name in vain'. Interestingly, among some churches I grew up in, the consensus was that the common usage of God or ...
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Is there an expression that sums up “improperly conflating two ideas that are really separate issues”? [closed]

I'm intrigued by a local sign-holder who was improperly labeled "atheist" for carrying a sign that asserted that there was no after-life for a person's consciousness. The person expressed a belief in ...
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Belief in god but not in religion

What do we call a person who believes in god but not in a particular religion?
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Opposite of “miracle”?

Are there any English words that mean "an unlikely calamity" in that same way that "miracle" can mean "an unlikely beneficial event"? My thesaurus only provides antonyms of "miracle" that mean "a ...
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“At the first” in the Bible

Why is the article the used in the following verse of the Bible? At the first God made the heaven and the earth. To me at first, which according to OED means at the beginning; in the initial ...
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The etymology of “religion” comes from “legere” meaning to read + “re” meaning again. Or does it? (more inside) [closed]

The etymology of religion as mentioned in the title comes from Etymonline. And that's very interesting. It makes sense too. My question is, how do the phrases, "to read", "to choose", "to gather", ...
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Use of “separation of church and state” in non-Christian countries

Does the term separation of church and state also apply in non-Christian countries, for example Egypt? Can we say separation of mosque and state? Is there a generic, politically correct alternative ...
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Is there a word to describe a state of not identifying with any common explanation of God?

I am trying to describe one who is neither agnostic nor atheist but does not accept any religious order as his own.
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What is the style of writing used in the Summa Theologica called?

St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica has a very distinctive and consistent style. It seems as though his style of writing starts with a proposition and then lists some objections, then a reply, then a ...
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What do you call a government when the rulers are gods?

I'm familiar with most -ocracies. And I don't mean a Theocracy (rule by religious officials). This would probably make more sense in a Fantasy setting (say D&D) where deities actually come down ...
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Word for collection of religion's essential writings

I'm looking for a single word to describe the collection of all letters, scriptures and books specific to a religion, something like teachings but with a stronger emphasis on the written aspect.
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Capitalising the first letter of a reference to God?

like "He", "His", "Thy", "the Creator", "the Omnipotent", etc. What is the origin of this practice? When should I capitalise words like this? for any deity? only the deity of the Abrahamic faiths?