So I wrote a short little more or less child friendly story which I’m going to share in the next post. While I was writing it I felt like I was stumbling over a particular issue: does it make sense to capitalize all of the pronouns that refer to Divine characters in a story? As I was writing I noticed that in doing so I ended up with a story in which it felt like every other word was capitalized. This was not only visually displeasing, it made it very difficult to read as I went back to do so. I posted the original draft privately with capitalization of all pronouns of all the characters , seeing as They were all Gods in Their own right. Then I asked for feedback from several of my friends. After reading some of their different ideas on the subject I decided for the purpose of a purely fictional story the practice of capitalization did not serve in the same way that it does in more conversational text and will be posting the story as such.
That said, what are some other thoughts on the subject of when and where capitalization of pronouns referring to Gods and not?
Also a question more for those who may have already researched the subject or may be prompted by reading this (as I plan to as best I can later on) where did the idea that the pronouns referring to Gods should be capitalized? For my own part, I can trace my sentiment that whenever you use He, She, They or other words to refer to a God to my Christian upbringing. The idea has no become commonplace among modern English speakers who worship other Gods than Jehovah for much the same reasons as our Abrahamic counterparts, but where did it start? Having capital and lower case characters isn’t even a universal concept. Runic alphabets for example lack this concept, as do non-phonetic and pictographic languages around the world. Is it an idea we adapted from the English speaking Church or is it present in other much earlier literature and languages in use by Polytheists?