To ansate: Not all Christians lopped off the loop.

I, being quasi-goth, was shocked to recently see my Arabic teacher, a little old lady of the first calibre and firmly Christian, wearing a rather nice silver ankh. I spent the hour-and-a-half lesson concocting lengthy daydreams on how she was a member of some secret cult; but when I finally asked her about it, the truth turned out to be far more mundane.

My teacher, it seemed, had travelled extensively in the Middle East - as one would expect. Apparently, the Ankh is a major symbol of the Coptic church, used in much of the same symbolic contexts as the cross is in, say, the Catholic or Anglican churches. The ankh was given to her by a Copt friend in Lebanon.