The following has been a topic of conversation that has come up several times with me, and my fellow atheist friends recently. The capitalization of God/god. Being an atheist of the angry variety, who is disgusted by all that is holy, I struggle with this decision frequently. Of course, capitalizing God makes me feel as if too much importance is being placed on this nonexistent, society ruining entity. BUT God is a proper noun. Proper nouns call for capitalization. Not only am I passionate about my atheism, I am also passionate about my correct use of spelling, grammar and general language (not that I always get it right –as I’m sure someone out there will find an error in this blog post, I’m sure- but at least I try). Mickey Mouse is not real, but we capitalize his name, right? Santa Claus? Superman? Tom Sawyer? Names of fictional literary characters are always capitalized. Therefore, I put aside my personal frustrations about religion and make use of that capital G.
Just wanted to throw that out there. Any thoughts? Is there an English professor in the house?