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Christian +‎ -ese

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (informal, slang) The terms, catchphrases and theological jargon used by some Christians, commonly from Christian theology and influenced by popular translations of the Bible.
    • 2003, Helen Katharine Bond, Seth Daniel Kunin, Francesca Aran Murphy, Religious Studies and Theology: An Introduction
      Anthony answered, 'Talking Christianese is being the Church. Don't you think Church matters?'
    • 2007, Mike Minter, A Western Jesus: The Wayward Americanization of Christ and the Church
      Reasons for departure were simply expressed in "Christianese": "The Lord is leading us to fellowship elsewhere," "The Spirit is moving us on," and so on.
    • 2007, Dan C Gilliam, God Touches: Finding Faith in the Cracks and Spaces of Life
      I often ran them off with my self-righteous attitude or scared them away with Christianese language...



  • 'Christianese', in Word Spy
  • The Gospel According to the Simpsons by Mark I. Pinsky. Published by Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville. 2001.