Religious Titles, Writings, and Organizations
- Titles of people serving in positions of religious organizations and churches are capitalized when used as proper nouns. Words referring to God and other deities are capitalized, e.g. 'the Holy Spirit', 'He created us', except for 'who', 'whom', and 'whose'. Proper nouns for saints, apostles, and prophets are capitalized.
- Religious organizations, churches, and their members, as well as adjective derivatives, are capitalized. Religious denominations, sects, and movements are capitalized. The word 'church' standing alone is capitalized when referring to a specific body or place.
- The books of the Bible and its parts, including well-known passages and prayers, are capitalized. Books of the Bible may be abbreviated in references to specific passages. Other sacred documents are capitalized.
- Religious concepts and events are often capitalized, e.g. 'Crucifixion', 'Creation'.
- References to the Eucharistic rite ar capitalized: 'Mass', 'Holy Communion', 'the Sacrament', etc. Other services are lowercased, e.g. 'high mass', 'bar mitzvah', 'confirmation'.
- Religious objects, e.g. 'rosary', are not capitalized.
1 Samuel: 1 Sam./1 Sam
2 Samuel: 2 Sam./2 Sam
1 Chronicles: 1 Chron./1 Chron
2 Chronicles: 2 Chron./2 Chron
Song of Solomon: Song of Sol./Song
Acts of the Apostles: Acts
1 Corinthians: 1 Cor./1 Cor
2 Corinthians: 2 Cor./2 Cor
1 Thessalonians: 1 Thess./1 Thess
2 Thessalonians: 2 Thess./2 Thess
1 Timothy: 1 Tim./1 Tim
2 Timothy: 2 Tim./2 Tim
1 Peter: 1 Pet./1 Pet
2 Peter: 2 Pet./2 Pet
archbishop (Arch. or Archbp. or Abp.)
archbishop of Canterbury: Capitalize if part of formal title.
bishop (Bp. or Ep.)
holy father: Variant for the pope or pontiff.
mohammed or muhammad
mother, mother superior
reverend (Rev. or Revd.)
right reverend (R.R. or Rt. Rev.)