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Subject: Christianist?
Date Posted: 9/25/2008 1:25 AM ET
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I was reading some article and came across the term "Christianist."  I don't think I've ever seen it before.  I did a broad web search and it seems it is a recently coined term meaning fundamentalist Christianity that believes that government should be run by the laws set forth in the Bible, literally.  Huh?  Does anyone know really what is a Christianist? 

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 6:18 AM ET
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Never heard it.

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 12:57 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/25/2008 10:28 PM ET
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Interesting. 

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 9:48 PM ET
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New to me! 

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 3:50 AM ET
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Andrew Sullivan wrote in article in Time a while back about the term.  I don't know if he originated it or not, but here's his definition:

let me suggest that we take back the word Christian while giving the religious right a new adjective: Christianist. Christianity, in this view, is simply a faith. Christianism is an ideology, politics, an ism. The distinction between Christian and Christianist echoes the distinction we make between Muslim and Islamist. Muslims are those who follow Islam. Islamists are those who want to wield Islam as a political force and conflate state and mosque. Not all Islamists are violent. Only a tiny few are terrorists. And I should underline that the term Christianist is in no way designed to label people on the religious right as favoring any violence at all. I mean merely by the term Christianist the view that religious faith is so important that it must also have a precise political agenda. It is the belief that religion dictates politics and that politics should dictate the laws for everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1191826-2,00.html