As I read through the many interesting posts I see some people spell god with a capital "g" and some with a lower case "g". Perhaps trivial at first glance but I am curious to know if this is intentional and why.
I capitalize the 'g' because it's someone's name (or nickname maybe), even though that someone does not happen to exist. Like, I use a capital 'g' when referring to the god known as God. Now, capitalizing the 'h' in he or him doesn't make much sense for a nonbeliever but capitalizing the g makes sense. Kind of like how I use a lower case 'm' in "mom" when I say, "My mom said..." but I would use an upper case 'm' if I were to say, "I was talking to Mom..."
I intentionally use capital G when referring to, for example, the Christian God--just as I would use A when writing "Allah." On a forum I frequent, conversing with mostly Christians, I often find myself writing "I don't believe in God or gods." The word "gods" would cover it, of course, but I find it's often necessary to include their "one true God" explicitly.
I try to capitalise the lower-case "g", as god is just a noun for me, like cat, dog, charletan, etc. However, I sometimes forget myself and use a "G" because I used to get my knuckles hit by a primary school teacher for using the lower-case "g". Philip Larkin said that "they f*&$ you up, your mum and dad", but for me it was a teacher!
For me it's intentional, as God would refer to the god god if you get what I am saying, in this case mostly the Abrahamic god. I don't look up to the Abrahamic god and think it's worthy of a capital "g" unless I write a text where I have to be very clear about which god I am actually talking about. People will have no problems understanding what god is god if it's with a capital, it might however not be as clear if it's with lower case, so for me, it's purely about being as correct as possible with semantics and to really make people clear of what I am talking about. In a general text though, I will always spell god with a lower case even when referring to the Abrahamic god.
I know that god is a proper name, even though the name of a fictional character, and that it is grammatically correct to capitalize the G. Since god is marketed as THE supreme being, I use lower case deliberately to emphasize that he is in fact, a fabrication. I also think there is a certain injustice that a specific monotheistic god, generally the Christian god, is elevated through the use of capitalization (including pronouns) above other deities that are equally imaginary.
By virtue of having proper names, they do, just like Little Bo Peep and Captain Kirk. Still, one would never say "Thor raised His hammer," he'd say, "Thor raised his hammer." I also think there might be a difference between capitalizing names like Thor, Odin, and Yahweh/Jehovah and capitalizing god. Capitalizing god arose from earlier Christians as a special form of reverence for their god which differentiated him, in their minds, from pagan gods with a lower case g. It seems to me not all that different from the Jewish custom of not pronouncing the name of god because they deem it too sacred.
I post in one other forum where I do not capitalize certain other words like, christian, muslim, bible, catholic, etc., for reasons similar to Goz, who has a reply on the first page. And yes, I also use lower case there for names of other gods like thor and odin just for equal treatment and consistency, even though people these days generally don't try to pawn them off as supreme beings. I haven't done that here yet in an attempt keep my posts consistent on the forum, and I didn't want my grammar tricks to come off sounding ignorant when I was new to the forum. Admittedly I cannot make a case for being "correct" when I omit all this capitalization, but it is a form of license that I find worth taking.