"There have been various theories, but the one that seems most plausible is that it comes from the Greek monogram for Jesus, IHS or IHC. This is formed from the first two letters plus the last letter of His name in Greek (the letters iota, eta, and sigma; in the second instance, the C is a Byzantine Greek form of sigma). The H is actually the capital letter form of eta, but churchgoers who were unfamiliar with Greek took it to be a Latin H.
The oath does indeed seem to be American, first recorded in print at the end of the nineteenth century, although around 1910 Mark Twain wrote in his Autobiography that the expression had been in use about 1850 and was considered old even then. Its long survival must have a lot to do with its cadence, and the way that an especially strong emphasis can be placed on the H.
Nineteenth-century Americans weren’t the first to take the Greek letters to be Latin ones—since medieval times the monogram has often been expanded into Latin phrases, such as Iesus Hominum Salvator, Jesus Saviour of Men, In Hoc Signo (vinces), in this sign (thou shalt conquer), and In Hac Salus, in this (cross) is salvation."
>>With regard to Holy war, I don't think
>that sort of thing happens.<<
The Episcopalians (of all people!) are into a war of sorts right now over a gay bishop. Not a pretty sight. People heavily invested into a dogma can lose their bearings very rapidly when pushed into a corner.
>Episcopalians (of all people!) are into a war of sorts right now over a gay bishop.
But you know that eventually they'll just split into two groups. Same is happening with the Anglicans (or is that the same group?). The other one that will split everyone is the woman as priests. The catholics will be split when they allow priests to be married (but not with this pope). Life goes on and the number of sects gets larger. Eventually there will be millions of sects with a membership of less than ten.
i have just started my own religion, its based loosely on judaism, christianity hinduism buddhism taoism islam scientology and Jedism.
all you need to do is worship to empty beer bottles and donate 10% of your yearly earnings to me, its quite simple.
Pretty sure that Rangers vs Celtics is a Catholic vs Protestant thing. My trick for remembering is C is for Celtics and Catholics. I have a Scottish friend who will work out very early on any day they are playing and then head over to the Ex-Imperial Club and he is usually hammered by 11am.
Rufus... you almost had a new idea there... but you were beat too it some 20000 years ago.... if you up it from 10% to 20% and call it Government you will be on the mark.
>i have just started my own religion, its based loosely on judaism, christianity
>hinduism buddhism taoism islam scientology and Jedism.
all you need to do is
>worship to empty beer bottles and donate 10% of your yearly earnings to me, its
That's correct. I confused you by writing the teams in no particular order, sloppyness on my part. Another way to tell is which team has a green strip. Green for Ireland and gaelic I presume. I can never remember who's who with respect to Dundee and Dundee United.
Christ (Greek) is Messiah in Hebrew which is Anointed in English. Jesus (Greek) means Yahweh Saves (or Saved by God) in English. Thus JesusChrist means Saved by God the Anointed. According to Hebrew scriptures Solomon, David, and either Darias or Xerxes (Persian kings) were Messiahs (Anointed) and therefore Christs. PS I have a habit of avoiding doubled letters.JG