Over at Respectful Conversation, hosted by Harold Heie, an interesting conversation is underway regarding the place of evangelicalism within larger Christian traditions. What does it mean to be “evangelical” today? Does evangelicalism and evangelicals have a distinct, usable entity? What will be the future of the loose coalition (if it is that) or the “family resemblance” called evangelicalism?
Primary contributors include Amos Yong, John Franke, Peter Enns, C. Ben Mitchell, Wendy Corbin Reuschling, Vincent Bacote, my Bethel colleague Jeannine Brown, and many others.
In my contribution I suggest that “evangelical” is best understood as an adjective (I am an evangelical Christian) rather than a noun (i.e. “I am an evangelical”). The adjective is dynamic, flexible, and not as central as the definition, Christian).
Feel free to join in the conversation (note that comments are moderated on the site, so you may have to wait a short while to see your comment appear).