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“Christian Words in Everyday Language” – Humanist Association of Toronto

The Humanist Association of Toronto

Every Saturday we meet to discuss a topic decided upon the previous week. These are topics of humanist interest, from a humanist perspective.

The topic of the discussion will be decided in a prior meeting, usually two weeks in advance. This week’s topic is: “Christian Words in Everyday Language”.
As a main language of Christianity, English is deeply influenced by Christianity.
Language is closely connected with culture and is greatly influenced by culture as well. Religion is an important part of human ideas and culture, so language is closely connected with religion. The reason why Christian thinking, belief and symbol can leave marks on English is that Christianity influences lives of people in numerous aspects.

1. How or has anyone communicated our belief about God when people “pray for us” or “send thoughts and prayers”
2. How can we replace these statements?
3. How often do you use these expressions?
4. If we have at least tried to separate church and state, should we be separating God and the English language? If so, how?

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