This page is a work in progress. I’ll add to it as I can.
Who Am I?
I’m just a guy that likes to rattle on – just ask my wife! According to my Twitter profile, I am a Christian, husband, dad, and blogger. That will serve as a very basic description I guess. I am also a musician – least incompetent on the drums and EWI. Until I actually think of something interesting to put here, the following links should give you plenty to dig through – provided you are that bored.
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Why the name?
Why “Sarcastic Xtian”? Well, you need a name, and catchy or provocative names are a bit more memorable than “Scott’s Blog”. As for the “sarcastic” part, I covered that in an early post.
As far as “Xtian” as opposed to “Christian”… This one is kind of funny to me. I’ve heard people say “Writing ‘Xmas’ is trying to eliminate Christ from Christmas”. I’ve heard similar comments about “Xtian”. This strikes me as incredibly fearful – not to mention ignorant of history. I don’t think there is anyone alive today that doesn’t know Xmas is an abbreviation for Christmas, which contains the word “Christ”. But this is not a new movement to hide Christ. This abbreviation has been around a very long time.
The labarum, often called the Chi-Rho, is a Christian symbol representing Christ. It is a symbol comprised of our letters X and P, which in Greek are the first two letters of “Christ”. This symbol has been around, and directly representative of Christ, since at least the 4th century. There have also been numerous versions of ichthys symbols since the first century – all representing Jesus. Ichthys is Greek for fish, but in their alphabet looks like ‘ΙΧΘΥΣ’. It is an acrostic for “Jesus Christ, God’s son, savior” and writing it or one of its representative symbols has always identified someone as Christian. It was often shortened to simply ‘X’, as the X was the letter in the ichthys that represented Christ’s name, and the letter is also reminiscent of a cross.
The short version is this: if you want to be offended, you will likely find a way. But in these days of texting and Twittering, abbreviations are making a comeback. It’s just the way it’s done. So, if LOL and BRB don’t offend you, then you should be just fine with xmas, xtian and xtianity.
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