I am noticing a number of Christians writing G-d instead of God. I know this is an ancient Jewish tradition, based on a desire not to abuse or misuse the ineffable 'Name'. But it is surely not something which has any place in a Christian understanding of God or of language.
Moreover, does it not reflect, in Judaism, the fact that Hebrew is written without consonants, so that G-d would be the English-language cultural equivalent of y-h-w-h - something which just doesn't work if your standard theological language or mother tongue is English?
Andrew White, the 'Vicar of Baghdad' (or should that be B-ghd-d?) is a person who has my utmost respect, but I notice he does it in all his communiques, and I must admit to finding it slightly bizarre. But now I notice others doing it.
Can someone tell me why this is done by Christians, and why, for example, we don't write F-th-r, or J-s-s?
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