Why I care about evangelicalism

Some students and readers have asked me why I expend energy and waste time trying to define evangelicalism; why not just give up the term "evangelical" and let the conservatives, fundamentalists and Religious Right people own it?  After all, so I'm told, it's too late to rescue it.  "Evangelical" and "evangelicalism" are now so identified in the popular mind with right-wing conservativism in both theology and politics that they can't be salvaged.  I'm urged to just let them go.So what's my re … [Read more...]

Addendum to my first post about evangelicalism

Needless to say, my first post about evangelicalism was incomplete.  There's so much more to be said about this subject.  Here I want to continue my delineation of the term "evangelical" and the movement called "evangelicalism."  I'm not going to take back anything I wrote there, but I'd like to add to it.First, about Noll's and Bebbington's four hallmarks of authentic evangelicalism.  I would add a fifth as part of the historical-theological core of the evangelical movement and its theology: a … [Read more...]

My first foray into blogging! What is "evangelicalism?"

I'm a bit of a Luddite when it comes to technology.  Well, it's not exactly that I'm AGAINST it; I'm just not very good at it!  It takes me a while to catch up.  Everyone seems to have a blog and I've been urged to join the crowd, so here goes.  I'll probably make some mistakes, but please be patient with me.  From time to time (hopefully at least once weekly) I'll post some of my thoughts about theology here.  They will usually have somethin to do with controversial subjects such as the true nat … [Read more...]