5 Capitalization

5.11 Religious names and terms

Use capitals for all references to the monotheistic deity:


the Almighty


the Holy Spirit

the Holy Trinity


the Lord

the Supreme Being

Use lower case for pronouns referring to God where the reference is clear, unless the author specifies otherwise. In any event, write who, whom, whose in lower case. Capitalize God-awful and God-fearing but downcase godforsaken.

Use lower case for the gods and goddesses of polytheistic religions:

the Aztec god of war

the goddess of the dawn

Capitalization of religious sacraments or rites in different religions (and contexts) is not uniform. Note, for example:

a mass



bar mitzvah


the Mass

the Eucharist

Anointing of the Sick

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