I don’t usually like to mix my grammar with religion, but I may have just read some breaking religious news, and I want to share it with you.
According to Wikipedia, there are 38,000 Christian denominations. That’s not the breaking news. This is: soon, there may be 38,001.
I don’t have the details, but based on an essay my student wrote about religious iconography, I think there may be a new denomination. It seems to be some version of Christianity, but with some interesting differences.
First of all, the h has been dropped from Christ. In this denomination, the name is Crist. The elimination of the silent h leads me to believe that this particular denomination is very ascetic—only requiring the bare essentials.
Another difference is that Satan is referred to as Sateen. I don’t quite know how to interpret this. A silky devil? A teen devil? A silky teen devil?
Lastly, instead of martyred, Crist was mortared. Interesting. I’ll have to ask my student exactly what that means.
And when I ask him, even though I’m not a religion expert, I think I will give him one piece of spiritual advice:
Use spell check religiously!