Barely a week passes without something being referred to as a crisis. But what makes a crisis a crisis, asks Trevor Timpson.
The Greek word krino meant separate, judge or decide, and from it came the nouns krites “judge” – from which we get critic, and kriterion, a test to judge by.
The related word “krisis” signified the preference of one alternative over another. The Day of Judgement is hemera kriseos, in the Greek New Testament – truly a crisis for those at risk of damnation.