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June 25th, 2015 by Joel Watts

Are we a prudish lot? F word

English: "No Swearing" sign along At...

English: “No Swearing” sign along Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

this is coming up because of a discussion on an unofficial private group

Yes… The Hebrew bible.. And the Greek bible uses obscene phrases and words.

My question is… Are we missing the rather earthy language of the testimony to God’s revelation when we glide over these things?

Does it bother you that Paul’s “dung” may in fact be closer to our “s-word?”

And just because…

For me, I’ll stick to the Queen’s English…most times.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


One Response to “Are we a prudish lot? F word”
  1. Know More Than I Should says

    To appreciate the full context of this question, it is necessary to come to grips with the religious zealots responsible for creating that disaster known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

    As defenders of the old ways — much of it de facto feudalism — they believed anyone associated with London was either corrupt or immoral. Unable to change the Church of England, much less the Crown, they migrated to America.

    Despite making a disaster of their first attempt establish a theocracy in the New World, their insidious influence still permeates American life today. In particular, it permeates the South.

    Among other things, their preoccupation with sex goes a long way toward explaining why the United States can have blood and gore spilled by the bushel basket-full on television and in the movies, but ban mothers from breast feeding in public.

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