What Does ‘Evangelical’ Mean?

ChristianityToday.com | 1/27/2020 | Staff
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What does it mean to be evangelical? The term, without a doubt, is widely misunderstood and frequently misrepresented. In recent years, the term evangelical has become highly politicized, invoked to describe a voting bloc or as a blanket label for those with conservative or, perhaps, fundamentalist views. Meanwhile, some from within the movement have dropped the label or left evangelicalism entirely, coining the monicker exvangelical.

Since its inception, Christianity Today has been distinctly evangelical, bringing together a broad readership of Christians from across the denominational spectrum who find common ground in their shared faith in Christ, commitment to orthodoxy, and passion for proclaiming the gospel. Throughout the decades, CT has discussed what it means to be evangelical (such as in this 1965 cover story). In recent years, the conversation has continued with renewed vigor. What is really at the heart of evangelical identity? Here’s a sampling of articles from the past few years that dig deeper into what it means to be an evangelical Christian today.

Series - Meaning - Place - Movement

The first in a series on the meaning and place of a historic movement.

In “What Is Evangelicalism?” Bruce Hindmarsh, professor of spiritual theology at Regent College, puts forth four central characteristics of authentic evangelicalism: conversionism, crucicentrism, biblicism, and activism.


What Is Evangelicalism?

A simple definition based in doctrine, history, or sociology won’t do. But a vibrant stream really does exist.

Today - Confusion - Term - Matter - Self-identification

Some of today’s confusion around the term evangelical stems from how it is applied. Is it a matter of self-identification? Is it based on denominational affiliation? In “Defining Evangelicals in an Election Year,” Leith Anderson and Ed Stetzer make the case that evangelicals ought to be defined by their beliefs. Here Anderson and Stetzer discuss four core beliefs identified by the National Association of Evangelicals and Lifeway Research.

“Is it time to abandon the label evangelical?” Ron Sider asks. In...
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