In many faith traditions, language is either sacred or the bearer of sacred things.
Christians even call Jesus of Nazareth the very Word of God, and the gospel of John says that in the beginning was that Word.
Muslims believe the Qur'an was dictated to the Prophet Muhammad through the words of an angel.
As a writer, I try to remember my obligation to treat words with holy respect, always recognizing that all words are metaphors, pointing to some reality beyond themselves.
But sometimes I am reminded of this from some unexpected sources.
For instance, I've just finished reading a baseball book given to me by one of my brothers-in-law. In Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere (about a minor league team in Clinton, Iowa), Lucas Mann writes this about someone who broadcasts the team's games over the radio:
"It is a beautiful act to put language to the game, making it better than it really is. . .It is a noble thing. It is making something, even if it doesn't last."
If we are to take the Genesis stories (there are two) of creation seriously (not literally, but seriously), we will have to conclude that when God put language into the void, the result was something better than was there, which was nothing. And I would declare the act of creation (which continues) a noble thing that made something, even though it may not last forever. Whatever forever means.
Besides, the Bible begins with words about baseball -- "In the Big Inning. . ."
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TEACHING ABOUT RELIGION
I've long argued that religion should be taught in our public schools. Not taught to make converts but taught to help people understand the role religion plays in society and to grasp the history of it and how this or that belief has shaped that history. Here's that argument made by someone in Australia. The fact that it's made Down Under doesn't make it any less credible.