||[Oct. 19th, 2007|09:46 pm]
Is There Something You Want to Say to the World?
Does the word "Gospel" strictly refer to only Christian literature, or can it be applied to anything that is a religious text (or even, perhaps, a non-religious one?) A crazy idea popped into my head and I'm kinda looking to deflate it because I have too many ideas already.|
excellent questions. Dictionary.com offers this quote from the American Heritage Dictionary in response:
1. often Gospel The proclamation of the redemption preached by Jesus and the Apostles, which is the central content of Christian revelation.
1. Gospel Bible One of the first four New Testament books, describing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and recording his teaching.
2. A similar narrative.
3. often Gospel A lection from any of the first four New Testament books included as part of a religious service.
4. A teaching or doctrine of a religious teacher.
5. Music Gospel music.
6. Something, such as an idea or principle, accepted as unquestionably true: My parents' rules were gospel.
1. often Gospel Of or in accordance with the Gospel; evangelical.
2. Of or relating to gospel music.
So... originally it was the first definition you listed, and then it became more widely applied to the second.