re: Andrew Sullivan’s Coinage

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How about “religerrents,” a combination of “religionists” and “belligerents”?

8:52 am on July 25, 2007

re: Andrew Sullivan’s Coinage

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Tom, I like it. Adam Dada suggests LeHayists or Dobsonites. Jordan Bullock says, Martians or Marsists. Bill Goss and Michael Robb say, heretics. Roger Young suggests CHINO: Christian in name only. A friend from Norway adds: Iscariots.

9:00 am on July 25, 2007

re: Andrew Sullivan’s Coinage

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Gentlemen, the correct term is certainly either “warvangelicals” or “bombvangelicals.”

12:12 pm on July 25, 2007

RE: Andrew Sullivan’s Coinage

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Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder uses the word “Constantinian” to describe Christians who believe in the need and value of force and compulsion. I like it myself, but I’m not sure if anyone else would.

I was also going to suggest “Romans,” but that might to easily be confused with Roman Catholic. Old Testament scholar Millard Lind writes in “Yahweh is a Warrior: The Theology of Warfare in Ancient Israel” that God has told God’s people Israel to depend for their security solely on God and God’s miraculous intervention — not their own efforts or exertions — and that to trust in armies (especially professional armies) and human kings is not a mark of being God’s faithful people. He almost, but not quite, calls such a reliance “Canaanite,” and I suppose we could too, but would anyone get it?

If we really wanted to be cruel (and somewhat unfair; I apologize in advance to my former co-religionists), we could call all those “Christians” who rely on force and power and put their trust and faith in the state and its rulers “Muslims.”

5:00 pm on July 25, 2007
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