Thursday, September 30, 2010

Getting down in Chicago style

Q. When quoting from Scriptures, which are often interpreted as God literally speaking, is it grammatically correct to say “Psalm 1:1 reads” or “Psalm 1:1 says”?

A. You’re confusing grammar and theology here. Both sentences have perfect grammar; the choice of what to imply about the words’ origins is yours.

From the Chicago Style Manual, where I also learned that "down style" (which I prefer) is to eschew initial capitals for such things as College (when referring to a particular College). I wonder if this is related to my tendencies toward a low Christology?

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:27 PM

    Apparently I'm supposed to run away from you! (