What is a word for someone who is 'anti-Christian' in the way one is 'anti-semitic'? For example,

Someone who is X is opposed to the doctrines of Christian theology and prejudiced against practicing Christians.

This not to say they are atheist or otherwise advocating for another religion. Rather, they advocate for the destruction of Christianity as a religion. This notion is also distinct from 'internal' heresy, as in a theologian that rejects mainstream Christian theology and advocates alternative readings of the texts or philosophical concepts.

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    Did you have a question??
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 1:28
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not a question.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 1:29
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    Why not say "anti-Christian"? Incidentally, anti-Semitism is directed at Semitic people (could be Jewish or otherwise Semitic): it's not necessarily anti-Judaism (although, of course, there is often overlap in practice). Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 2:12
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    @Cerberus It's not a felicitous term but, no, 'anti-Semitism' is and always has been specifically anti-Jewish in the English language.
    – lly
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 2:48
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    @Ily Yes, and perversely so. "Semites" can be of any religion. Hence it seems absurd to say that Arabic people are behaving "anti-Semitically". I'm well aware of what the OED says but look up "Semite". Arabic peoples are Semites themselves.
    – WS2
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 6:10

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The structure of the two words should have given you a clue. It's


Of course, the varying values of Christian from the only true one died on the cross to my church to all the churches to all of G-d's children means that it's always going to be a fairly nebulous phrase. It's still the correct term for the idea.

Unhelpfully, anti-christian is a synonym but antichristian is a mess since it is used as the adjectival form of the Antichrist as well.

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    Though my question is perhaps is too tautological, I was simply wondering if there is a more elegant word than 'anti-Christian' to describe the meaning I meant, and also more specific to it (because, as you mention, it is a nebulous phrase). It is one thing to hate people for being Christian; it is another to champion the destruction of Christianity on theological and philosophical grounds. That's more what I was going for. I think I'll use "Christian destructionist" in this case.
    – socrates
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 6:01
  • @Socrates Christian destructionist doesn't mean anything and will be confused with deconstructionists, which is entirely separate. The word is anti-Christian. Anything else, you need to simply use a noun phrase that explains what you're going after.
    – lly
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 6:03
  • @IIy Merriam-Webster provides a definition: "one who delights in or advocates destruction". But I will avoid using this for the reasons you said.
    – socrates
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 6:05
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    @Socrates As above, anti-christian is the real answer but poking around on the OED there are the less common terms antichristianism (which you can adjust to -ist) and antichristianity that you could add your special gloss to at their first mention. You could coin something with Christiano- / Christo- and -phobe / -cide. There's also the obsolete but completely germane christianomastix ("scourge of Christians").
    – lly
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 19:25
  • @socrates Yeah, well, sorry to not be more helpful. It looks like the way to go would be to just use descriptive phrases. You might call Diocletian or ISIS Christianocidal but it doesn't really fit with China's recent policy of defacing, shuttering, and rounding up churches. I think Christophobic works, but that describes their mindset more than their actions.
    – lly
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 4:17

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