honest to God


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honest to God

(spoken)
this is really true honest to goodness I didn't tell her about the party, honest to God!
Usage notes: also used as a modifier: It was an honest to God mix-up.
See also: god, honest

honest to God

  (informal)
something you say in order to emphasize that you are telling the truth I didn't mean to hurt him, honest to God I didn't!
See also: god, honest

honest to God

Also, honest to goodness or Pete ; honest Injun. Truly, really, as in Honest to God, I didn't know it was yours, or Honest to goodness, we had exactly the same experience, or I promise I'll finish in time, honest to Pete, or Honest Injun, I didn't take your wallet. These colloquial assertions date from about 1900, except for honest Injun, dating from the late 1800s and today considered offensive.
See also: god, honest
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I honest to God think they came to the wrong house.
I read Honest to God in a single sitting, which was easy to do with that thin book, and it was surprisingly easy to read, and I was suspicious of the book because I seemingly understood it; and my basic theory about theology was that if I understood it it wasn't very good, and that the more obscure it was, the better it was for me--sort of a Lutheran principle there, don't you think?
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From this moment we hear words and phrases of a new generation: Bonhoeffer's "religionless Christianity," Bultmann's call to demythologize the scriptures, Tillich's God as the "Ground of All Being," Robinson's Honest to God and a call for "worldly holiness," and even a Death of God theology.
Robinson's controversial 1963 book, Honest to God, that, among other things, "we should do well to give up using the word 'God' for a generation, so impregnated has it become with a way of thinking we may have to discard if the Gospel is to signify anything" (7, 8).
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