The book Mixed Blessings is a dictionary of blended religion words such as bapticostal, bujew, presbylutheran, sushi, etc., that will be published in 2021. But since that’s such a long time to wait, I am publishing groups of finished dictionary entries thematically in simple booklet format as I complete them, and they’ll be for sale in the bookstore. Whether you want a preview of the forthcoming Mixed Blessings dictionary, or whether you just want a specific booklet of entries on a common theme, I hope these booklets will be of use to you.
What is the Mixed Blessings Dictionary about, you might be wondering? Well several years ago I learned that there is a fascinating linguistic phenomenon that has been happening with regard to religion. Sometimes if a person’s religious or spiritual identity doesn’t fit neatly into a single category, they will combine the names of two religions together to coin a word that’s more accurately descriptive.
This means there are wonderful words like bapticostal, buddhapalian, bu-jew, episcopagan, lutherterian, and over a thousand more that illustrate how people often don’t fit into the neat religious and spiritual categories they may have been born into or grown up with.
For example, someone might grow up in one religion or spiritual tradition and drift into another one as they become older and begin making their own choices. Because they want to honor the influence that both religions have on their life, they self-identify with a blended word.
Or perhaps someone liked the religion they grew up with well enough, but they ended up marrying someone from another religion, and now both religions have a presence in the house. And just wait until they have kids! The kids will have religious influences from both sides! Here again a blended word is often the most apropos way to describe the situation.
Human beings are a resourceful bunch, and when scenarios like the ones above happen, people rely on blended words to help explain themselves, their families, and their stories. Words like buddhapalian (Buddhism + Episcopalianism), conservadox (Conservative Judaism + Orthodox Judaism), jewtheran (Jew + Lutheran), methocostal (Methodism + Pentecostalism), and many, many more!
You can read the Mixed Blessings Blog for the latest news and developments. You can also subscribe to the Mixed Blessings Dictionary email list to be notified when new fascicles are published. Feel free to also email me directly if you want to talk about blended religion terms or ask me a question. Thanks for visiting!
Here is the tentative publication schedule for the upcoming booklets. Note that these booklets are also sometimes called fascicles on the website, since these booklets represent finished portions of a forthcoming larger work still in progress.
- “Hyphen-Mergent” Blends (anglimergent, convergent Friends, luthermergent, presbymergent, etc.) — November 2019
- Jewish Interdenominational Blends (conservadox, conservaform, flexidox, reconservadox, reformodox, etc.) — December 2019
- Arminian-Calvinist Blends (armalvinist, arvinist, calminian, calviminan, etc.) — February 2020
- Catholic-Orthodox-Protestant Blends (cathestant, cathodoxy, protholic, etc.) — April 2020
- Christian Polity-Related Blends (congreterian, episcopresbygational, presbygational, prescopalian, etc.) — June 2020
- Jewish Interreligious Non-Abrahamic Blends (bujew, hinjew, jewddhist, jewnitarian, jewitch, etc.) — August 2020
- Abrahamic Blends (Christian-Jewish-Muslim) (cashew, chrislam, jewslim, jewstian, mujew, mustian, etc.) — December 2020
The bookstore is where some of the Mixed Blessings dictionary entries are already for sale in the form of booklets (also called fascicles) that contain finished entries that will be appearing in the forthcoming dictionary.
Mixed Blessings Blog – The blog is where I’ll be periodically posting information about the book and sneak peeks at the book in progress.
Mixed Blessings Facebook page – Click “Like” on the Mixed Blessings Facebook page to receive notifications about blog posts and other news conveniently in your Facebook feed
Mixed Blessings Website – This is the page you’re on right now. You’ll be able to easily and securely buy the book from this page in 2021 (as well as from Amazon.com and book wholesalers/distributors/vendors like Ingram and Follett).
Estimated Publication Data for Mixed Blessings
Title: Mixed Blessings: The Dictionary of Blended Religion
Author: Tim Stewart, Editor-in-Chief
Publisher: Laurellia Press (Austin, TX)
Publication Year: 2021
ISBN-10: to come
ISBN-13: to come
Trim size: 8″ x 10″
Page count: xxxvi + 750 pp.
Subjects: LCSH: Religions—Dictionaries. | BISAC: RELIGION / Ecumenism & Interfaith.
Classification: LCC BL31 .S749 M594 2021 | DDC 200.3 S749–dc23