Definition: Christian

For this definition, we turn yet again to Ambrose Bierce’s timeless classic, The Devil’s Dictionary.

No, dear reader, I shall not debate the merits of this little gem. It’s humor.


“n. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.”

Ambrose Bierce (1993). The Devil’s Dictionary. Dover Thrift Editions. Dover Publications, Inc. Originally published as Volume VII of The collected works of Ambrose Bierce (1911), by the Neale Publishing Company, New York.