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Lexicology of God

By Katy Harvey

  1. Exposition
    By Dodie Noguchi
Rasha: Hebrew. Wicked; one guilty of crime.
    The cathedral stood in the way of my learning of mathematics and lies and evolution and how the world looks through the eyes of the blind. And every day, my unsighted mind told me to avoid the doors of the church of light because it did not know it was possible to see.

Original Sin: English. The Christian belief in the sharing of humanity’s first sin.
    My parents believed they were pure because they could not recognize their own darkness without light. The whole of humanity is tainted, stained by the clear-yellow temptation dribbling down the chins of the innocent and into streams made of water and blood, yet they claimed it fiction and ushered me away from salvation.

Heaven: English. A place regarded in various religions as the abode of God (or the gods) and the angels, and of the good after death, often traditionally depicted as being above the sky.
    Only those who have received salvation and are free from sin may enter God’s realm, all others are doomed to be sent to hell and receive their punishment. Hell is the home of the imperfect, the impure, those who might spill their poison onto the lushness of heaven and wither its purity to ashes.

Hamartiology: English. The study of sin.
    My parents were never able to understand why I chose to wake myself every Sunday and enter the very building they had denounced, but I know there is something more and I want it to love me and I want to know why it would condemn me for a crime I once had no knowledge of.

Paraptóma: Greek. A falling away, lapse, slip, false step, trespass, sin.
    Humanity fell from the gates of heaven the instant the sweetness of evil breached Eve’s lips and spread through their children and wine. My blood is a poison that steals the pleasure of death but perhaps I’ll find peace in the knowledge of why.