Complex and Cringeworthy: Christianese and other religious jargon

Christians talk in code … and the code excludes those who cannot read the secret language. These words of Malcom Doney and Martin Wrote, in a 2019 Church Times article, reflect a common discomfort with religious code talk, what some people call "church-speak" or "Christianese." Language like “sin”, “salvation”, “discipleship”, “repentance”, “righteousness”, and “judgement” – … Continue reading Complex and Cringeworthy: Christianese and other religious jargon

“This sorry affair:” Religious Language and Spiritual Abuse

On occasion, people send me documents and ask me to help them make sense of what the documents are doing and how. They know the documents make them feel bad, less human somehow. They can articulate in some way why that is - pointing to this phrase or that paragraph. Their instincts tell them something … Continue reading “This sorry affair:” Religious Language and Spiritual Abuse