What is an evangelical? It seems like a simple question, but the answer isn’t quite so. Is it a religious group? A cultural movement? A voting bloc? While evangelicalism can often be used as a thumbnail to refer to some of those things, those things don’t make up the definition of what evangelicalism is.
So this week on the podcast, we explore exactly what it means to be an evangelical. We discuss David Bebbington’s fourfold explanation of evangelical values (conversionism, activism, biblicism, and crucicentrism). We also briefly outline the history of the evangelical movement in Europe and North America, starting in the 1730s and continuing to the present.
Here are the links to the resources we reference in this episode.
- Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s by David Bebbington
- A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God in the Conversion of Many Hundred Souls in Northampton by Jonathan Edwards
- A Short History of Global Evangelicalism by Mark Hutchison and John Wolffe
- Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez