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ErikJ Donating Member (480 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:03 AM
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What is best word for hypocritical Christian?
I've never had much interest in religion so cant quite remember the term for a hypocritical Christian; for example, somebody that makes a huge deal of something like abortion but then worships the the rich and spits on the poor. Is it Phillistine or pious or....
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MFrohike Donating Member (210 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:22 AM
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2. Pharisee
Look up the story of the poor widow giving what little she had for context.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:27 AM
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3. Hypocrite.
Don't need a special word.
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:29 AM
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4. Pharisee?
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18: 9-14
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:47 AM
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5. Pharisee is pretty common, but how about Judas?
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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:49 AM
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6. Tautology. Take your pick. /nt
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:53 AM
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7. Tea Party Republican
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:07 AM
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8. Well, there is always sanctimonious
It's well worn and time honored and describes them to a T. For the very literate, it's Tartuffes, especially when it comes to the pompadoured conmen known as Televangelists.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:34 AM
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11. I loved 'Tartuffe' and yes, Moliere could have been said to be prophesying televangelism
Televangelism is one thing that fortunately we don't really get in the UK. Yet.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:29 AM
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9. PseudoChristian

A thriving genre.

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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:32 AM
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10. I think the commonest term is 'Pharisee'..
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 02:34 AM by LeftishBrit
Personally, since 2008, I have tended to refer to the attitude as 'Palinism' - as in: 'He's very religious but definitely not a Palinite'; 'All I ever needed to make my life complete was Palinism right in my backyard' (with intense sarcasm after a local political nightmare in 2010); etc.
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HowHeThinks Donating Member (63 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 03:50 AM
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12. David.
At least that's what I call my brother, the most hypocritical born again "christian" I've ever seen. I think he sees religion as a "get out of jail free" card for all the monumental fuck-ups he's committed in his 43 years on the planet. He may be "forgiven" by his imaginary angry daddy in the sky, but the scores of people he's screwed over on earth aren't quite so forgiving.
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 04:55 AM
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13. Christochondriac.
:)
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:38 AM
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14. Atheist. nt
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:13 AM
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21. Stay classy.
Nice to see you think hypocrites can only be atheists.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 09:04 PM
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30. I think bananas is saying hypocrite Christians are atheists because
because they are saying they are Christians when they don't really believe. I think bananas is making a joke by using word play.

Or maybe bananas hates atheists.

Or maybe both.

I am not sure.
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:40 PM
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31. Your first thoughts were right.
"I think bananas is saying hypocrite Christians are atheists because
because they are saying they are Christians when they don't really believe. I think bananas is making a joke by using word play. "

Yes.

"Or maybe bananas hates atheists."

No.

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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 11:56 PM
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32. Pfft. Like you would know.
Just kidding.
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Leontius Donating Member (380 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:47 PM
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26. Then what do you call atheist hypocrites?
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:36 PM
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27. Theist. nt
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 05:38 AM
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15. Jerry Falwell
Elmer Gantry
Rick Perry
Newt Gingrich
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Kip Humphrey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 06:30 AM
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16. DEMONstrator
:grr:
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 06:51 AM
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17. Would "ignorant" work?
I am sometimes amazed at how ignorant self-proclaimed Christians can be about their own religion. A recent LTTE in the Columbus Dispatch from a rural Christian decried the use of "Xmas", proclaiming that "X'ing out Christ" is a terrible insult and an affront to Christians everywhere (remember, they are always, always helpless victims).

As subsequent LTTEs clarified (and as I, a non-Christian, already knew), the "X" in "Xmas" is actually the Greek letter chi. The abbreviation has been in use for centuries within the Christian Church as part of a holy monogram representing Christ. (The whole monogram is chi-rho, which looks like "Xp" to us.) The concept of "X'ing something out" is a modern one and has nothing whatever to do with "Xmas". Yet here was this Fox-addled zealot ranting about the non-existent "War on Christians" in MY newspaper! Good God. Spare us.
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 07:11 AM
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18. Christian.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 07:06 PM
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29. That was my first thought.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 09:25 AM
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19. Althought it doesn't technically apply to Christians,
as they didn't exist at the time, Pharisee would be a good term. Hypocrite would do, though.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:08 AM
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20. Christian seems quite apt.
but I could be wrong.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 11:46 AM
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23. To be fair 'Human being ' could be quite apt
There is a fair bit of hypocrisy in most of us.

But the particular phenomenon of obsession with abortion and homosexuality, while worshipping Mammon and being nasty to other people, sometimes combined with using religion for personal political or financial advantage, seems to apply only to a rather specific set of Christians.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:38 PM
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25. I disagree. One doesn't claim that being a "human" makes one better, yet christians do.
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 10:14 AM
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22. A Republican or....
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 10:16 AM by MarkCharles
or a grinch, or a Gingrich, or a Romney or a Perry or a Paul or a Bachmann

Anyone fail to see the same pattern of "Christianity" they each display?

Self-serving, selfish, arrogant, proud, stingy, and convinced that they are always right.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:28 PM
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24. Those two positions are not necessarily contradictory.
One can be anti-abortion and anti-poor at the same time. So, I don't think that's hypocritical.
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rrneck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 03:06 PM
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28. Asshole. nt
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