Siblings divided by a common language
Posted: 05 Dec 2014 @ 00:11
Christianity and humanism should be singing from the same
hymn-sheet, argue Nick Spencer and Angus
WORDS, as T. S. Eliot wrote, will not stay still. They "decay
with impression", change with use. "Nice", for example, used to
mean "foolish"; "silly" used to mean "blessed". Such is the nature
Most of this just happens, slowly. "Silly" took centuries to
migrate from "blessed", through "innocent", to become the "foolish"
we know today. Sometimes, however, it is more deliberate.
Take the word "humanist". Originally associated with speech,
education, and a ...
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