From the Summer, 1997 issue of Touchstone
Is <title>Have a Nice Church! by Peter Toon

Have a Nice Church!

by Peter Toon

When I pick up my mail and when I buy some groceries each morning, I am told to “have a nice day.” Then all day I hear about “nice” things, people and events.

Apparently the word nice has been increasingly used since the eighteenth century (with an acceleration in the recent past) to mean “agreeable” and “acceptable” and “pleasant” and “kind” and “attractive” and much else. This is significant since its earlier meaning (from nescius, “ignorant”) was nothing like the modern meaning.

A Nice Religion

Not surprisingly, nice and niceness have become part of the mindset and vocabulary of religion. In fact, o . . .


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