Saturday, June 28, 2008

Luther's Small Catechism - Ten Commandments - "Word Cloud"

A word cloud is a text picture.  Word clouds equate the size of the "word" or "topic" with the number of times a given word is used and therefor its importance in the given text.

It is an interesting way to look at a text.  So I ran the six chief parts of the catechism through a word cloud generator.  http://wordle.net.

The catechism texts I used are found at http://www.lcms.org/graphics/assets/media/LCMS/smallcatechism.pdf

The Ten Commandments

This is the Ten Commandments Cloud a couple of nice things I noticed.  "God" is largest of all.  "Commandment" is an important word, not a suggestion! ;-).  "Love" is bigger than "fear"  and yet we do "fear" God's wrath over our sin. Matthew 10:28.  "Love" toward "God" and love toward our "neighbor"

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  (Luke 10:27, ESV)

My wife thinks it looks like a foot print.  Ok... "go" serve your neighbor...

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