The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style has a comprehensive list of what religious terms should be capitalized. Here are a few examples:
* Bible and Scripture are capitalized, but biblical and scriptural are not. Similarly, capitalize the Almighty but not almighty God.
* Lowercase the apostles, the apostle Paul, Paul the apostle, and apostolic, but capitalize Paul’s title Apostle to the Gentiles and John’s the Beloved Apostle.
* Only capitalize the word Bible in phrases like “Bible study” and “vacation Bible school.”
* Noah’s ark and the ark of the covenant are lowercased.
* Lowercase baby in “the baby Jesus” and child in “the Christ child.”
* Lowercase body in “the body of Christ,” whether referring to the church or Jesus’ physical form.
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