Why are names of religious texts not emphasized in text?

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Why are names of religious texts not emphasized in text?
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Why do the names of religious texts not receive a treatment—italics, underlines, etc—to make them stand out among other text in the same manner that is done with other written works?

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Joined: 26 Jul 2006 - 3:55pm
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Good question. Chicago's only comment about setting anything religious is "The editors of the University of Chicago Press urge a spare, down style in this field as in others: capitalize what are clearly proper nouns and adjectives, and lowercase everything else except to avoid ambiguity." (Section 7.77)

In a discussion of religious writings in particular (7.87), their dictum is "Capitalize names--and use roman type--for the Judeo-Christian Bible and its versions and editions:..." Also further on in that section is the same reco for books or other sacred works (such as the Dead Sea Scrols or the Talmud).