Usually Christians write He, His and Himself with a capital H when referring to God the Father. I'm not aware of this practice for either Jesus or The Holy Spirit.

Why the distinction?

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    I capitalize pronouns referring to each Person of the Trinity.
    – Narnian
    Feb 9, 2012 at 22:09
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    Related question on pronouns In any event, Catholic texts don't usually capitalize pronouns, but we do capitalize everything else remotely related to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    – Peter Turner
    Feb 9, 2012 at 22:15
  • I've also seen plenty of cases where pronouns referring to Jesus are capitalized. And plenty of others where pronouns referring to the Father were not. Feb 10, 2012 at 4:20
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    It seems I am mistaken. Most Bible versions (e.g. KJV) do not capitalise; one exception is the Amplified which capitalises Father & Son. Feb 21, 2012 at 13:40

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Depends on the style guide, but it is a convention to capitalize names of God.

The Chicago Manual of Style does not require it, but does acknowledge it.

If a person doesn't capitalize He in regards to Jesus or the Holy Spirit, it is probably just an unintentional slip.


  1. They could be Nestorian, and deny the divinity of Christ.
  2. They might be Unitarian or Agnostic, and just not be sure.
  3. Their Shift key might be possessed.
  4. They might be anti-German, and thus hate capitalization on principle.


  1. They might have just screwed up.

"Never to attribute to malice where simple incompetence will suffice."

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    5. The person might be e. e. cummings
    – Jay
    Feb 10, 2012 at 5:18
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    6. They don't believe capitalization signals honor or respect. Feb 22, 2012 at 23:12

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