Just How Self Centered is “Capitalizing” I?


There was, and maybe still is, somewhat of a controversy in the literary world as to whether or not, when referring to God in any of His three forms, we should capitalize pronouns we use to describe Him.  As you can plainly see, I am of the persuasion that we should.  That, of course, makes one wonder:   Just How Self Centered is “Capitalizing” I.

When researching this, you will find that English is the only language where the first-person pronoun is, in fact, capitalized.  And, when you think about it, the plural, “we”, doesn’t get the same honor afforded to it.  Pretty interesting, huh?

Now, this situation has been around for a loooonnnngggg time.  Yes, even before I was born!  In fact, it is pretty much generally accepted that since Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales in the 1300s, “I” has always been capitalized.  As I continue to ponder this, I don’t think it bothers me that we capitalize “I” as much as it bothers me that there would be those who are opposed to the fact that we capitalize the pronouns used to describe God.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that God’s Good News is that He created us in His image, and, as such, we can use a capital “I” when talking about ourselves without fear of retribution from Him?  You see, the Bible tells us Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16).  As John tell us in chapter three, verse thirty, “He must increase and I must decrease.” As you go about your Christian walk, make sure your “I” never gets bigger than His “H!”

One thought on “Just How Self Centered is “Capitalizing” I?

  1. Ha, I have just been wondering whether or not to un-capitalise His pronouns in my book or not, after noticing that they are not capitalised in the NIV bible. Now I’ll stick with my guns. Thanks

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