Languages

Even Slate Magazine seems skeptical of a recent move in Sweden to introduce a genderless personal pronoun into the Swedish language: Earlier this month, the movement for gender neutrality reached a milestone: Just days after International Women’s Day a new pronoun, hen (pronounced like the bird in English), was added to the online version of the country’s National […]

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At the wedding at Cana, Jesus turns to Mary and says, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” Sounds disrespectful, doesn’t it? Or at least you could take it that way. But Jesus wasn’t being disrespectful at all. Here’s the story . . .   Pronoun Trouble First, the […]

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Recently I received the question: “Why don’t we call Moses and Elijah ‘Saint’”? In other words: Why aren’t they referred to as St. Moses and St. Elijah? Evidence for Sainthood After all, we have it on pretty good authority that they are holy and in heaven. Both Old and New Testament attest to the holiness […]

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A reader writes: Question: An atheist has claimed that Jesus’s conversation with Nicodemus couldn’t have happened because it’s a greek word that has two meanings, critical to the story, and Jesus didn’t speak greek. I know neither greek nor aramaic, and according to some english, so any thing you happen to know would be useful. […]

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A reader writes: "For it has 'seemed' good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and froom blood and fromw what is strangled and froum unchastity" (Acts 15: 28-29). This is taken from the […]

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Over on Facebook, a reader writes: Mr. Akin, could you possibly post "Abba" in Aramaic fully pointed. Why is the Beta repeated?~Thanks again First let's look at "Abba" in Greek, which is displays the issue that the reader is wondering about. Here is how the word appears in Greek (cf. Mark 14:36 in a typical […]

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In my previous post, I took on a silly video that has more than a million views of different versions of it. The video centered on Jesus’ statement in Luke 10:18 that, after the disciples had come back from a preaching mission, Our Lord had seen “Satan fall like lightning from heaven” and claimed that […]

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Just, y’know, not good evidence. Consider the following video, which has been going around the Internet, with over a million hits on YouTube between different versions. Okay. So that kind of settles it. NOT. I don’t know who is behind the video, but whoever it is clearly has only the most rudimentary understanding of the […]

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 . . . that when I first read about "abortion doulas," I wasn't sure about the meaning of the word "doula." Well, I recognized the origin of the term. It was clearly derived from the Greek word "doula," which means "female slave" or "female servant" or "handmaiden" or things like that. But I wasn't aware […]

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There are a lot of things I disagree with Arnold Schwarzenegger about–from abortion to immigration–but he was dead-on recently when he indicated the best way to learn a language. EXCERPT: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a gathering of Hispanic journalists that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media if they want to learn English quickly. "You’ve got to […]

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