The quote below is an unintended insight I came across when looking for something else in a highly recommended book called Death Sentences
(by Don Watson), a serious critique of how political
- and business-speak are damaging language and its use in public dialogue.
[A] cathedral is the property of the church, whereas a language belongs to civilization, and if [language] is dragged down it takes civilization with it. Language is not just a preserver or bearer of tradition. Words do more than the elemental thing of linking one generation to another. The great works of public language like the Book of Common Prayer are poetic works. In the poetry is the mystery with which religion is concerned and on which it depends. . . . Many churchpeople will tell you that when it adopted everyday modern prose, the church cut off an artery to its soul.
I would extrapolate a bit and say: The style of scripture, in other words, is part of the message and the lasting hope that what the words
say will always have a chance at influencing people because of how they are stated.