Project History

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I started collecting these religion blend words in 2011, at first to satisfy my own curiosity. Once my list reached 100 of these fascinating words, I realized that these words were evidence of a fascinating social phenomenon that was equal parts linguistic as well as religious and spiritual.

The more I learned about these words, the more strongly I felt that these words deserved to be more widely known and understood. So in 2012 I started taking the steps necessary to write a dictionary of these words. I began carefully researching the history of every term, sought out additional terms through copious reading and searching, and began filling a database with apropos quotations that illustrate how real people have been using these terms to describe themselves, their beliefs, their churches, and their communities.

Now it’s 2019 and the project is near completion. The dictionary will be published in hard copy next year (2020).