The Future of “Evangelical”? Don’t Miss This Conversation

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).

About Kyle Roberts

(PhD) is Associate Professor of Public Theology and Church and Economic Life, supported by the Schilling Endowment, at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Roberts has published essays on Kierkegaard and modern theology, including several essays in the series Kierkegaard Research: 2014-10-14 10.26.51Sources, Reception and Resources (Ashgate / University of Copenhagen) and other collected volumes on various topics, including Pietism, Karl Barth, and Christian spirituality. Roberts has published Emerging Prophet: Kierkegaard and the Postmodern People of God (Cascade, 2013) and is currently co-authoring a theological commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (Eerdmans) and a book about the virgin birth (Fortress Press, Theology for the People)