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Inclusive Language 

With the exception of Rite 1 services, the 1979 BCP uses inclusive language when speaking of people. For example, one version of the Nicene Creed in the Rite 1 Eucharist affirms that Jesus Christ came down from heaven "for us men and for our salvation" (BCP, p. 328). Although the clear intent is to include all humanity, only men are mentioned in this version of the Nicene Creed. In contrast, the first version of the Nicene Creed in the Rite 1 Eucharist and the Nicene Creed in the Rite 2 Eucharist use more inclusive language to state that Jesus Christ came down from heaven "For us and for our salvation" (BCP, pp. 326, 358). Such use of inclusive language is found in contemporary biblical translation. The Revised Standard Version (1952) renders Jesus' statement recorded in Jn 6:35, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst." In contrast, the New Revised Standard Version (1989) renders the same statement in more inclusive language, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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