I have found it difficult to decide how to capitalize “god” in this blog. Always using a lowercase “g” can seem disrespectful at times and, at other times, it seems to stick out in a way that calls too much attention to the letter, when what I want is attention on the idea. Always using a capital “G” feels disingenuous in some contexts and sometimes a little confusing.
My plan is this: When referring to the specific deity of any religion, in reference to that religion, I plan on using a capital. If I capitalize Buddha without compunction certainly I can extend the same courtesy to Christians, no? But when referring to my own ideas or, as it may sometimes be, my non-ideas I will leave it in the more ambiguous lowercase. Sometimes I may be referring to both ideas at once, or at least in the same sentence and one form may take precedence over another. I will also use the term “God” to generally refer to the Christian conception of God, if I want to talk about another religion’s deity I will give a specific label, “the God of the book of Isaiah”, or “Orthodox Judaism’s God”. Please do not take this in a disrespectful way, I am trying to preserve both respect and honesty, but I don’t want to lose ease of reading as I go.
One thing you may note, I will not use personal pronouns for any deity that lacks a human avatar. Jesus or Krishna may be a he, but God will stay God (or perhaps god, it depends). I think it is generally wrong-headed to suppose any deity is bounded by modern notions of binary gender and think it especially wrong-headed to assume that God’s gender must be male. There should be obvious reasons for that.
Let me know if you have any useful wisdom for how to make a blog about religion as inoffensive as possible. How do you write about the god of your own faith versus the god of other people’s faith?