World Faiths & Religions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are evangelical distinctives?

Scholars have developed multiple ways of identifying evangelicals based on shared beliefs or common practices. Because of disagreement over what constitutes an evangelical, estimations of evangelical numbers range from 7% - 47% of the American population.

Categories and approximations get even more difficult as we seek to describe global evangelicalism. Nevertheless, most observers agree that in addition to affirming traditional Christian doctrines like the Trinity, most evangelicals emphasize Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the Bible as the authoritative Word of God, the necessity of personal conversion or being "born again," the atoning work of Jesus on the cross, and the importance of sharing the gospel or evangelizing others.