bush baptist

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bush baptist (plural bush baptists)

  1. (slang) A fictitious religious affiliation, invoked by a person who does not claim or admit affiliation with a particular church.
    I asked Jim what religion he was, and he replied "bush baptist".
  2. (slang) A person not educated in any particular religion; a religious zealot or proselytiser not educated in religion.
    • 1975, Cicely Louise Evans, The Saint Game, page 80,
      Annesley knew this meant that she was not to tell tales, but about what? Did Uncle Walker want his Bush Baptist religion kept a secret?
    • 1999, American Association for State and Local History, History News, Volumes 54-56, page 69,
      The Creole slave revolts in Dominica in 1823, involved bush Baptists and slave catechists who attacked plantations and which led to 250 deaths; []
    • 2009, Sheryl McCorry, Diamonds and Dust, page 120,
      He had always been there in my time of need and yet he knew I was a bush Baptist.