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PATHEOS LIBRARY OF

World Faiths & Religions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an evangelical and a Protestant?

In brief, most evangelicals are Protestants, but not all Protestants are evangelical.  Although some Catholic, Orthodox, and other Christians also embrace the term "evangelical" or "born again," most evangelicals belong to Protestant denominations or churches. They embrace key doctrines of the Protestant reformations, including salvation by grace through faith, the centrality of the scriptures for personal edification and devotion, and individual accountability to God. However, not all Protestants are evangelicals. Many prefer other terms like historic, mainline, liberal, progressive, Pentecostal, or charismatic.