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Fear of Christians

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Topic: 8) Fear of Christians (1 of 6), Read 122 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 1998 12:56 PM

David Broff, of Pittsburgh, Pa., writes: "I am at work on a novel, and desperately need to either discover or invent a word that means "fear of Christians." This word should not imply to a reader a wider fear of Christianity but specifically and exclusively the fear of Christians, as a new non-Christian immigrant to the U.S. might experience. If it might be of any further guidance, a character in my work-in-progress exhorts, 'Christ died on a cross for our sins -- can't we at least kill for him?' My only attempt, I feel too humorous, has been Falwellphobia, a word that also might not be understood in 50 years, should my opus turn out to be of literary import. Can someone help me?"

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Topic: 8) Fear of Christians (2 of 6), Read 119 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: John Eberl (john_e_fish@hotmail.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 1998 08:01 PM

Call it a "jesease"

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Topic: 8) Fear of Christians (3 of 6), Read 83 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Gregory Alan Bolcer (gbolcer@endeavors.org)
Date: Friday, November 20, 1998 06:15 PM

christrepide.

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Topic: 8) Fear of Christians (4 of 6), Read 60 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Carol Wenger (clkw@erols.com)
Date: Saturday, November 21, 1998 11:41 PM

evangeliphobia

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Topic: 8) Fear of Christians (5 of 6), Read 49 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Sunday, November 22, 1998 11:41 AM

fear of (certain) Christians:

fundamentalphobia

and if that's too "basic",

fundamentalistphobia

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Topic: 8) Fear of Christians (6 of 6), Read 49 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Louis Quillio (lqpub@nycap.rr.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 1998 02:45 PM

Okay, so the trick for this coinage is to find combining forms for "categorical apprehension" and "pan-Christian."

For the "fear" segment, we're probably stuck with -phobia or some variant. For the Christian part the goal is a term which, I infer, points to Christian proselytizing or the rhythms of life in a Christian-majority society. If notions of persecution were permissible, forms associated with The Inquisition might be considered; if Catholicism/Anglicanism were the focus, myriad Latinate forms would be in play. It is my understanding that the author seeks a wider meaning, however, so these are out -- along with most of my other ideas.

I offer Jehovahphobe, or perhaps better, jehovahphobe, jehovaphobe or jehovah-phobe. My hope is that the reader parses Jehovah- as the Christian God and not a reference to Jehovah's Witnesses; in posterity, the doorbell-ringing sect should decline, restoring clarity to this construct. Still, what it lacks in precision it compensates for with rhyme, and jehovaphobia fairly bubbles along in Wolfe-ian style.

LQ

P.S.еее Also consider that "Bible" and "church," while thought by Christians to be generic terms, are used exclusively by them and mean Christianity to non-Christians (other faiths use different terminology). There may also be a place for expressions like stained-glass ceiling or walls, though I doubt they're original.

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Topic: Fear of Christians (1 of 2), Read 43 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Mark Braly (mbraly@davis.com)
Date: Monday, November 23, 1998 04:12 PM

proselyanxiety

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Topic: Fear of Christians (2 of 2), Read 38 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Monday, November 23, 1998 05:43 PM

I had to work at pronouncing it at first, but when I got it, I liked it.


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