Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Meaning: an old theological term - things which are to be believed, articles of faith. Latin plural of credendum.

Usefulness: 1 ("I'm afraid supply-side is credenda in these parts.")

Logofascination: 2 (from the same root - credo - as creed, credential, credence and credenza. The credenza and the credence tables in churches allegedly derive their names from the side table where dishes were tasted for poisons and so forth, before being served to royalty et al, in order to give their food credence. It's in the OED, which is the only reason I'm re-telling such a fantastic story.)

In the wild: In some theological works.

Degrees: 1

Connections: credenda - believe

Which is used inEkskybalauron; Sir Thomas is arguing that people (especially Scots) should not be discriminated against because of their religion, that a variety of religions is natural to humanity, and that people tend to believe what they grow up with:
For that it is so we know by the vehemency of fidimplicitaries, of whom some will chuse to lose their lives before they quit their religion, although they be altogether ignorant of what they should believe till they ask the minister; whose custome, to make their consciences subservient to their choler, is to principle them with the negative faith without any great positive doctrine...

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