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QUESTION: Dear Phil

What is the Dictionary meaning of "Godfather" ?. Is it
related to philosophy, spirituality ?.

Can we termed our Teacher, Coach, Spiritual Guru, Blood relations,
Close relatives etc as Godfather ?.

How we can use this word in English sentences ?. Can you illustrate this with examples ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Hello Prashant,

Technically, a Godfather or Godmother is a purely Christian term that refers to a person other than the original parent who is given the mandate to be in charge of the child's spiritual growth.  For centuries that was an important role.  Today in many countries where the Christian faith is practiced, the role has become more symbolic, and it would be rare for a Godparent to actually take the role of spiritual leader to their Godchildren.

If you simply enter Godfather in wikipedia they will give you ample historical information on this Christian tradition. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godparent

So if we take the term as it was coined, then the answer to your question about gurus, blood relations etc., would be that no, they can not be termed Godparents as per the Christian definition.

As to its use in a sentence, there is no special designation that would make the term difficult in a sentence.  "Prashant's Godfather came over on Sunday and took him to the cinema." You see, it is simply a noun, a name or title of a person.

I hope this was helpful. Please rate this answer honestly.

Phil L. Méthot

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QUESTION: Dear Phil

Thank you.

People who adopt children from Orphanages, Can they be referred as Godfather or Godmother for the adopted child because they are not the Biological Parents of the adopted child ?.

Can they be referred as Godfather from the English dictionary meaning
or the definition may differ ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
Hello Prashant,

An adopting father and mother are usually called just that; adoptive parents.  That is, an adoptive father and an adoptive mother.  Usually the children who have been adopted merely call their parents, mother and father, mom and dad as usual.

The word Godfather or Godmother would be wrong in this sense, and is not used as such.  Again, the term Godparent is used only in the Christian religion to refer to someone who has been selected by the original parents to take on that role, and then registered as such by the church.  Today it is mostly ceremonial, and very few people would actually assume the original role as spiritual guide.

Phil

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For individuals wanting help with public speaking, I can answer most questions dealing with skills, memory,and body language. Essentially the tools required to become a great speaker. For individuals having trouble communicating one on one, or getting their voice heard, or their message across, I can help you with that too. Listening is an important part of communication, so we can work on improving your listening skills as well. If you feel you are not being understood, that is a deeper issue, but we can start here to steer you in the right direction

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I have successfully worked with corporations as a motivational management consultant across Canada. I have twice been President of a Toastmasters group, as an Advanced Toastmaster Gold. I wrote the multimedia ebook: "10 Steps to Becoming A Great Public Speaker." My book "Through the Door!" :A Journey to the Self, dealt with self-image and Will Power. Self Image plays a key role in our ability to communicate and listen effectively.

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Toastmasters - Currently President of Pointe-Claire Toastmasters (club 9750)

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Book: "Through the Door!" :A Journey to the Self by Phil L. Méthot Book: The Weight is Over - A revolution in Thin Thinking by Phil L. Méthot Multimedia Book: 10 Steps to Becoming A Great Public speaker by Phil L. Méthot Articles in SelfGrowth.com, http://www.uncommonforum.com/

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Canadian Training and Development Group, success Motivation International

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Three times recipient of the Presidents club award through the Canadian Training and Development Group and Success Motivation International.

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