I recently wrote about the various pronunciations of “propitiation” that are in use by pastors, theologians, and scholars, making particular reference to D. A. Carson’s peculiar pronunciation: prō-pĭs-ē-ā-shŭn.
According to the poll, the majority of the readers of this blog follow the pronunciation that I use: prō-pĭsh-ē-ā-shŭn. A couple prefer prō-pĭt-chē-ā-shŭn or prō-pĭch-ē-ā-shŭn. But no one—at least from my limited readership—follows Carson’s prō-pĭs-ē-ā-shŭn.
However, Michael White pointed out in a comment that Carson’s pronunciation is listed in Webster’s 1828 as the only pronunciation for “propitiation.” I haven’t found any more information beyond that, but this at least confirms my strong suspicion that Carson doesn’t make mistakes in the pronunciation of his theological terms!
I haven’t yet had a chance to look it up in OED, so this is all that I’ve been able to uncover. If anyone has any more light to shed on this, I’d be interested to find out more.
See also my other two posts: