The impact that Christianity had on English
Language was revered alongside ancestors, creatures, and nature during antiquity. Religion developed and was formed through the utilisation and worship of language. Language's symbolic properties have been instrumental in the transmission and development of religion. None of them practiced any religion. Religion, meanwhile, contributes to the development and dissemination of language. Whenever religious reform occurred, substantial linguistic shifts ensued. Nearly every religion implemented a dialect or invented a new language when composing their scriptures.
Similarly, that language spread with the expansion of religion. Judaism disseminated Aramaic, Hebrew, Aniohevotakh, and Sephardi to various parts of the globe from Palestine; Mohammedanism, founded by Mohammed, transported Arabic and the Koran to Europe, Asia, and Africa from the southern portion of the Arabian Peninsula; and Indian Buddhism, founded by Gautama, disseminated Sanskrit and Gautama to China, Japan, and other regions. Furthermore, religion imposed numerous restrictions on language usage. English, being the primary language of Christianity, is profoundly impacted by the Christian faith. Analysing the impact of Christianity on the English language is indeed advantageous for intercultural communication.
The impact that Christianity had on Old English
Greek and Latin were utilised to establish Christianity to transmit its creed. Consequently, these two antiquated languages have managed to endure the Germanic conquest. Following Roman missionary Saint Augustine and his disciples' proclamation of Christianity to the British Isles, Latin culture and Christianity began to blend into the English language. As Christianity has grown in prominence and influence, English has become increasingly religious. According to renowned Danish linguist Jespersen's Growth and Structure of the English Language, religion has significantly influenced the evolution of the English language. From the advent of Christianity in Britain for over five hundred years until the decline of Old English, churches flourished in numerous regions of the country. Church institutions originated during this momentous juncture. By its use in sermons, Latin, and its culture, they have gradually infiltrated English. These Latin words pertain to rituals, religious apparatus, and other things. The following words fall into two categories: those whose religious connotations have remained constant, such as temple, church, prayer, preach, sermon, nun, salvation, and divine, and those whose religious connotations have evolved, including dogma, minister, mission, hood, sponsor, lecture, patron, and so forth.
Impact of Christianity on Modern English
When modern English emerged in the 16th century, the Renaissance spread across continental Europe. Humanists from different nations opposed religious theology with ancient Roman and Greek humanism. This movement stimulated the national consciousness of the United Kingdom. Humanist authors in Britain began to compose in English rather than Latin. There were no Old English norms at the time. These British humanists significantly contributed to the unification and specification of Old English and its transformation into Modern English.
Furthermore, in 1611, the Authorised Version was established, a significant turning point in the history of English development. The Authorised Version utilised elegant and straightforward prose to compile the Old and New Testaments. In addition to standardising English, its publication promoted its widespread adoption in society. The triumph of the authorised version established the groundwork for contemporary English. Additionally, it is pertinent to mention The Book of Common Prayer and Application of the Sacraments, another religious text. These two books were extensively read by individuals from all spheres of life, regardless of their level of education. Swift stated in his commentary on these two volumes that they came to represent the pinnacle of English, particularly among the general populace.
The proliferation of the Authorised Version extended the impact of Christianity throughout English-speaking nations. Ernest Weekley once remarked in his book The English Language that, except the works of William Shakespeare, no other book has had a more significant impact on the English vocabulary than the Authorised Version. It contributed significantly to the improvement and enhancement of modern English.