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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 30, 2006

A 17th century spiritual writer falls into the hands of the Language Gelding Gang, blades at the ready. The result isn't pretty.

Jesus Christ is God's gift to humankind and humankind's gift to God. He is God's gift to humankind; he puts himself into the hands of human beings through the effectiveness of his word, and he must be received as such by human beings. In the Eucharist, he is given to human beings, and given in the fullness of all his reality and all his mysteries, and he is given as life and food for eternal life.

Moral: never run with scissors.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 31, 2006 11:01 PM ET USA

    And the only reason we got any masculine pronouns at all (but not capitalized, of course) is because they refer to Jesus. If there had been a "Himself" in reference to God the Father, we would have been "treated" to the ever-so-special "Godself," which is my personal all-time favorite linguistic contortion.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 31, 2006 10:12 AM ET USA

    I intend to report the author of this article for the gratuitous use of the words "he", "his" and "himself"

  • Posted by: - Jan. 31, 2006 9:28 AM ET USA

    "Death of a Salesperson."

  • Posted by: Brennan - Jan. 30, 2006 10:27 PM ET USA

    Whenever I see the word "humankind" nowadays my main impression is that the word is effective at letting people know they aren't talking about chimps or grasshoppers.

  • Posted by: Clorox - Jan. 30, 2006 3:50 PM ET USA

    Of course "humankind" isn't a "new" word. I believe I recall Shakespeare using it. The point is, it's no longer used for occasional literary spice. It's used to force political correctness down our throats.

  • Posted by: zonner - Jan. 30, 2006 2:21 PM ET USA

    Annoying as it may be the word"humankind" is not a new creation but a resurrection of an old word.It was used by Cardinal Newman among others.I doubt that is why it is used today.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 30, 2006 12:42 PM ET USA

    And the motto of the French Revolution was: Liberté…Egalité…et…?…et…?…Diversité! Non...? Er, pardon my French - so to speak.