Thanks to Robert Cunningham for sending me a link to the essay, "'I Didn't See Any Anti-Semitism': Why Many Christians Don't Have a Problem with The Passion of the Christ" in the Spring 2004 issue of Cross Currents Magazine.
The article introduced me to a very useful word -- "scotosis." Mary C. Boys credits Bernard Lonergan with defining the term "scotosis" as "a hardening of the mind against unwanted wisdom through the repression of questions that might lead to a deeper insight into problematic readings of the Gospels."
I must confess that, before I read Boy's article, I missed discussions of this concept.
It summarizes a phenomenon that I observe every day on a massive scale among Southern Baptists -- but have never had a term to describe it. The only difference is that Southern Baptists are "scotosistic" regarding problematic readings of the entire biblical canon.