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A Question for Xtians

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  • A Question for Xtians

    I'm wondering why a Christian would self identify as an Xtian rather than a Christian.

    I don't really need a lesson in the etymology (OR entomology) of the term, but it almost seems to imply "I'm better than a Christian" or "special knowledge" or some level of "I'm not like the rest of you".

    My experience in the past with Twebbers who identify as Xtians has been that they "know things" the rest of us do not know, or in some way are superior to the rest of us. They also have seemed to be a bit more combative than "Christians".

    I'm sure there's a much better explanation, and my experience is simply myopic and/or based on anecdotes.

    So, why would somebody identify themselves as "Xtian" rather than "Christian"?
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    Or they wanted to type fewer letters?
    If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Christianbookworm View Post
      Or they wanted to type fewer letters?
      That's pretty much it.

      I've seen other threads way back in the day where people were suspicious about the "X" alternative for "Christ", but all it is is a shortening for the word "Christ". That's it. There isn't any weird secret cabal of pseudo-Christians who only go by "Xtian" (that I know of), and it isn't somehow a dis or a sacrilegious version of "Christ". X is simply the Greek letter Chi in Jesus' title. I have no problem calling myself a Xtian or a Christian. But I tend towards the longer version because I hate acronyms ever since getting out of the military.
      Last edited by Adrift; 12-01-2014, 02:32 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Adrift View Post
        That's pretty much it.

        I've seen other threads way back in the day (maybe it was by CP) where people were suspicious about the "X" alternative for "Christ",
        I don't think that was me --- I'm fully aware of the "X-Mas" and other X uses.

        but all it is is a shortening for the word "Christ". That's it. There isn't any weird secret cabal of psudeo-Christians who only go by "Xtian" (that I know of), and it isn't somehow a dis or a sacrilegious version of "Christ". X is simply the Greek letter Chi in Christ's title. I have no problem calling myself a Xtian or a Christian. But I tend towards the longer version because I hate acronyms ever since getting out of the military.
        I think there's more to it that that, but I'm open to being convinced otherwise. I'm particularly interested in why somebody would choose that as their faith designation on Tweb. That's not a matter of "typing fewer letters", it's pretty much going out of your way to choose something other than "Christian".
        "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Adrift View Post
          Yeah, I edited that out of my post, because I wasn't sure. Maybe it was Sparko or someone else.
          Don't ya love it when somebody quotes you before you're done posting?

          I'm almost convinced that there's not much more to it than that. I've known a few Christians in some of the underground music scenes that went primarily with that designation, but it had absolutely nothing to do with anything other than they liked how it looked when it was spelled differently. If I could easily type the Chi-Rho on my keyboard, I'd probably use that more than "Christian".


          I've just never run into many (any?) Christians on Tweb who identified themselves as Xtian and weren't a little "out there".
          "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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          • #6
            This is interesting....

            http://www.xtians.org/

            I tried to log in, but there's no provision to create a username / password.
            "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
              Don't ya love it when somebody quotes you before you're done posting?


              I've just never run into many (any?) Christians on Tweb who identified themselves as Xtian and weren't a little "out there".
              CP, everyone one Tweb is a little out there.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Adrift View Post
                CP, everyone one Tweb is a little out there.
                Yes, but some of us ... um... me not included.... uh.....

                yeah.
                "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                  Yes, but some of us ... um... me not included.... uh.....

                  yeah.
                  Just curious, who do you have in mind that's going by this designation? Or would you rather not say?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Adrift View Post
                    Just curious, who do you have in mind that's going by this designation? Or would you rather not say?
                    Paprika, most recently, but I remember others on Tweb who claimed that faith designation who were, how do we say... a bit arrogant and condescending, and rarely if ever posted anything "positive".
                    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                      Paprika, most recently, but I remember others on Tweb who claimed that faith designation who were, how do we say... a bit arrogant and condescending, and rarely if ever posted anything "positive".
                      Maybe they're all the same person.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Adrift View Post
                        Maybe they're all the same person.
                        Hmmmmm..... that's always a possibility!
                        "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                          This is interesting....

                          http://www.xtians.org/

                          I tried to log in, but there's no provision to create a username / password.
                          It is a Taiwanese‎ web sit. Its name is registered through GoDaddy.com. Use http://www.geektools.com/whois.php

                          This gives the contact information.
                          . . . the Gospel of Christ, for it is [the] power of God to salvation to every [one] believing, . . . -- Romans 1:16.

                          . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: . . . -- 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4.

                          Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: . . . -- 1 John 5:1.

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