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6rant6's avatar

If you describe someone as "born-again," do you need the word "Christian," or is that implied?

Asked by 6rant6 (13619 points ) July 23rd, 2012

If I describe a character as “born again” do I need to add “Christian” to be clear?

Here’s the sentence:

“Trudy’s born-again daughter, Genevieve, appears willing to do everything possible to…”

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Mr_Paradox's avatar

I would, if just to clarify for people who dont know what you are talking about.

6rant6's avatar

@Mr_Paradox Yes, well, that’s kind of the point of the question. Are there literate, well-read people who won’t know what I’m talking about?

Mr_Paradox's avatar

Yes, me for instance.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

It’s entirely possible that someone may not have heard the term “born-again Christian” and might think you were saying Genevieve had been reincarnated or something. Just throwing that out there…

stardust's avatar

I don’t think it needs clarification.

ragingloli's avatar

Yes. One could mean it in the Buddhist sense. In fact, that is what I will from now on assume.
“Oh, so you were born again? Tell me more about your former life as a tree.”

zenvelo's avatar

I think it is redundant to say Christian when you say born-again, at least in the United States. It’s been a common term since at least the late 70s when we had the first “born again” President (Jimmy Carter).

MollyMcGuire's avatar

It depends on the audience. Evangelical Christians don’t need more than “born again.”

wundayatta's avatar

I would say in educated American society, it wouldn’t be necessary.

Nullo's avatar

The two are largely interchangeable, but it never hurts to be more specific. The term “born-again Christian” is useful for distinguishing between us and Sunday Christians and Chreasters.

lukiarobecheck's avatar

What about “born again virgin”?

Nullo's avatar

@lukiarobecheck What about it?

lukiarobecheck's avatar

@Nullo: Born again virgin is another type of born again. So I was thinking that specificity was needed when talking about “born again” whatevers.

6rant6's avatar

@lukiarobecheck I think you’d need to include “virgin” since that is a much lesson common use. Similarly, you need to include “Irish” in the statement, “He’s black Irish,” in order to be clear.

Nullo's avatar

@lukiarobecheck Sounds more like a subset rather than a parallel set.

FrankStitt's avatar

There are others things people want to be besides Christian.

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