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Evangelicalism is usually associated with a type of preaching that calls on the hearer to confess his or her sin and believe in Christ's forgiveness.
Evangelicalism is the movement in modern Christianity, transcending denominational and confessional boundaries, that emphasizes conformity to the basic tenets of the faith and a missionary outreach of compassion and urgency.
Evangelicalism reached to the grass roots of white America, while the fl community, in both slavery and freedom, was sustained and held together by its churches, which expressed a deep, personal evangelical faith.
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 Evangelical Christianity and the Cults
Evangelical leaders were the first to recognize that the Christian Church faced a growing number of challenges to its religious hegemony of America and the West.
The orthodox Christian tradition is expressed in the ancient creeds of the church (such as the Apostles and Nicean) and explicated in the writings of the early church fathers who defined and rejected the classic heresies, and in more recent statements such as the early twentieth century definition of The Fundamentals.
Evangelicals have specialized in criticism of those cults which see themselves as Biblically-based Christians but have either (1) reached different conclusions on basic doctrinal issues or (2) have received an additional revelation which adds to (and thus changes) the Biblical message.
www.americanreligion.org /cultwtch/evangel.html   (2003 words)

 Evangelicalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Evangelical Christians were a diverse group; some were at the forefront of movements such as abolition of slavery, prison reform, orphanage establishment, hospital building and founding educational institutions.
Evangelicals, along with trade unionists, Chartists, members of cooperatives, the self-help movement and the Church of England were involved in setting up the temperance movements in the U.S.A., Ireland, Scotland and England.
The mass-appeal of the Christian right in the so-called red states, and its success in rallying resistance to certain social agendas, is sometimes characterized by an otherwise unwilling, and secular, society as an attempt to impose theocracy on the country, although most evangelicals deny this.
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The term came into general use in England at the time of the Methodist revival under Wesley and Whitefield, which had its roots in Calvinism and which, with its emphasis on emotion and mysticism in the spiritual realm, was itself in part a reaction against the "rational" Deism of the earlier eighteenth century.
Early in the nineteenth century the terms "Evangelical" and " Methodist" were used indiscriminately by opponents of the movement, who accused its adherents of fanaticism and puritanical disapproval of social pleasures.
[Evangelical Christianity has special importance to Victorian literature because so many major figures began as Evangelicals and retained many attitudes and ideas, including notions of biblical symbolism, even after they abandoned their childhood and young adult beliefs either for another form of Christianity or unbelief.
www.victorianweb.org /religion/evangel1.html   (515 words)

 Evangelical Leader: 'Evangelical Christianity Has Been Hijacked'
Evangelical leader, sociology professor, and Baptist minister Tony Campolo made headlines in the 1990s when he agreed to be a spiritual counselor to President Bill Clinton.
In short, I think that evangelicals are so concerned with the unborn—as we should be—that we have failed to pay enough attention to the born—to those children who do live and who are being left behind by a system that has gone in favor of corporate interests and big money.
I understand evangelicals who say there comes a time when one issue is so overpowering that we have to vote for the candidate that espouses a pro-life position, even if we disagree with him on a lot of other issues.
www.truthout.org /docs_04/printer_111304W.shtml   (3023 words)

 Evangelical Christianity Shifting Outside West (The Prayer Foundation)
Evangelicals are among the fastest-growing segments of Christianity.
Broadly defined, evangelicals are Christians who have had a personal or "born-again" religious conversion, believe that the Bible is the word of God, and believe in spreading their faith.
But he and Noll, the Christian historian at Wheaton, said this latest transformation of evangelical Christianity should be seen less as a loss of the old than a triumph of the new.
prayerfoundation.org /evangelical_christianity_shifting_outside_west.htm   (1171 words)

 Definition of the term "Evangelical"
Of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel, especially as it is presented in the four [canonical] Gospels.
Cal Thomas: "An evangelical Christian is one who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and who has repented of sin and accepted Jesus as his or her savior.
The evangelical believes he has the privilege and obligation to share the "good news" that Jesus came to save sinners with others so they might go to heaven rather than hell.
www.religioustolerance.org /evan_defn.htm   (1573 words)

 What is, and who defines, Evangelical Christianity? | open source theology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Consequently, Christians in the empire were looked upon as a “third race.” To Christians, however, the idea of a “third race” undermined their identity and continuity with antiquity.
Christians, considering that the Roman religion was untrue, began to see a continuity with philosophy as it posited the need for conversion.
While western evangelicals insist that their expression of Christianity is biblical there must also be an acknowledgement that the form of the expression is embedded in western culture.
www.opensourcetheology.net /node/view/72   (4792 words)

 Seeking the Evangelical Essentials - Christianity.ca   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Evangelicals are undergoing another transition in their collective identity, and though it is not yet clear what they shall be, understanding that identity is important to their future.
Evangelicals "need to understand where they have come from, so they understand where they are going," said George Rawlyk in a lively telephone interview.
The Dictionary of Christianity in America says that "between 1520 and 1560, the Reformation assumed four major expressions: Lutheran, Reformed or Calvinistic, Anglican and Anabaptist, forerunners of modern Baptists and Mennonites." With the Reformation's restatement of the Gospel came the use of the word Evangelical from the Greek evagelion, good news.
www.christianity.ca /church/life/2004/06.000.html   (1329 words)

 Evangelical Protestantism
The conversion of John Wesley in 1738 is often regarded as the beginning of the evangelical movement.
Evangelicals like Wesley insisted on rigorous standards of personal conduct, frequent examination of conscience, the infallibility of the Bible, detailed Bible study and lay activity.
At the end of the 18th century evangelicalism had spread to the Church of England.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /REevangelical.htm   (551 words)

 Religioscope: Latin America: Evangelical Christianity moves the masses - A report from Venezuela
Evangelicalism, by contrast, generally sticks to the spiritual, addressing the social indirectly.
Although Latin American evangelicalism has successfully competed against the centuries-old dominance of the Catholic Church, the story of an imminent evangelical takeover of Latin America is more than a little exaggerated.
The evangelical appeal to the poor is undeniably strong.
religion.info /english/articles/article_121.shtml   (2305 words)

 'Evangelical Christianity Has Been Hijacked': An Interview with Tony Campolo--politics faith Democracts gay rights ...
It's a common perception that evangelical Christians are conservative on issues like gay marriage, Islam, and women's roles.
I don't think that John Kerry is the Messiah or the Democratic Party is the answer, but I don't like the evangelical community blessing the Republican Party as some kind of God-ordained instrument for solving the world's problems.
The latest statistics that I have seen on evangelicals indicate that something like 83 percent of them are going to vote for George Bush and are Republicans.
www.beliefnet.com /story/150/story_15052_1.html   (677 words)

 Jewish Reactions to American Evangelical Christianity
Between the covert Evangelical Christian missionary activities in Israel (there are over 40 so-called "messianic" synagogues in Israel) and the immigration of Christian Jews to Israel, the Evangelical Christians expect to have Israel honeycombed with missionaries.
It is inconceivable that Evangelical Christians can look the Jewish people in the eye and tell them they are their friends, yet have such a deceptive diabolical agenda for them.
If Evangelical Christians read their Bibles more and studied the Torah, they would realize that taking care of the household of faith is their primary spiritual directive.
www.ldolphin.org /antimaschiah.html   (4701 words)

 Amazon.ca: The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: Books: Mark A. Noll   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, by Mark Noll, is "an epistle from a wounded lover." Noll loves God and he loves academics, but he is wounded because many of his colleagues deny the possibility of maintaining the integrity of both loves.
Claiming that "the scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind," historian Noll sets out to trace the reasons for what he sees as the great divorce between intellect and piety in North American Evangelical Christianity.
In the first chapter, evangelicalism is described as having "the key ingredients of: conversionism/new birth, biblicism/the bible as ultimate religious authority, activism/sharing your faith, crucicentrism/significance of Christ's saving work on the cross." Fundamentalism is not necessarily evangelicalism.
www.amazon.ca /Scandal-Evangelical-Mind-Mark-Noll/dp/0802841805   (2644 words)

 Slice of Laodicea: Evangelical Christianity is Fighting For it's Very Life   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As a result, evangelical Christianity, and listen to this, is fighting for its very life.
As someone raised evangelical and now a fundamentalist by choice, I think that Christianity is healthy and strong even if evangelicalism, as an approach to church functionality created by men, may have run its course.
Your point is right on -- biblical Christianity itself is not teetering on the edge of existence, but the souls of many caught up in modern evangelicalism are, as it takes on more and more aberrant doctrines and practices.
www.sliceoflaodicea.com /archives/2006/01/evangelical_chr.php   (870 words)

 Evangelical evolution
The evolution of the evangelical movement should not be confused with the rise of a religious left.
But the evangelical political agenda is broadening as new voices insist on the urgency of issues such as Third World poverty, the fight against AIDS and the battle against human trafficking.
The evangelical world is going through a quiet evolution as believers reflect on the perils of partisanship and ideology and their reasons for being Christian.
www.religionnewsblog.com /14998/evangelical-evolution   (971 words)

 Africa and Evangelical Christianity | International Humanist and Ethical Union   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
According to the Focus on Africa magazine, Evangelical Christianity has more that 125 million devotees in Africa - 19 percent of the continent's population - up from 17 million people who described themselves as 'born-again Christians' in 1970.
First is the growing disenchantment with the mainstream (orthodox) Christian sects - Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Lutheran etc. These churches place a lot of emphasis on rules, hierarchy, and doctrines, while the Evangelical groups are said to be more 'liberal' and personal.
Evangelical groups have a mode of worship that is characterized by spiritual abandonment as expressed in speaking in tongues, dancing, singing and clapping of hands and other unorthodox forms of devotion.
www.iheu.org /node/1754   (1763 words)

 VirtueOnline - News - News - PHILADELPHIA: Evangelical Christianity shifting outside West
Given that Mohammed learned a lot about Christianity from his travels in pagan arabia and among both genuine and gnostic christians it is surprising that he did not pick up upon the truth.
I was aware that he approached a Christian woman to find out and confirm if the voices in his head and dreams were coming from Gods messenger.
It was the Christian woman who told him yes, which of course makes this fact embrassing to Muslims that their prophet had to hear it from a woman and Christian to boot.
www.virtueonline.org /portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3637   (2349 words)

 Doubleday Books | The Beliefnet Guide to Evangelical Christianity by Wendy Murray Zoba; introduction by Philip Yancey
The Beliefnet® Guide to Evangelical Christianity offers a clear, unbiased description of evangelical beliefs and practices—including how they have changed throughout history and what they are now.
The Beliefnet® Guide to Evangelical Christianity addresses topics such as evangelical Christians’ approach to the accuracy of the Bible, their relationship with Jesus Christ, and the connection to conservative politics.
Its nuts-and-bolts approach will appeal both to evangelicals who want to know more about the history of their religion and community and to general readers who want to understand the rise of evangelicalism over the past decades.
www.randomhouse.com /doubleday/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385514521   (187 words)

 APBA and evangelical Christianity
These persons are often called "evangelicals", and see "liberal catholicism" as a real threat to the authentic gospel, which the Anglican formularies understood so well.
While liberal catholicism is strong in the ACA, evangelicals have believed that the essentially Biblical character of this denomination - at least in principle - was laid down by the Constitution.
There is authorisation for the use of various "Christian symbols": in a funeral the placing of a candle, or a Bible, or a cross, on the coffin, or sprinkling the coffin with water.
www.acl.asn.au /jww_aug95.html   (2242 words)

 Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/20/2006 | Evangelical Christianity shifting outside West   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
One in an occasional series on the evangelical movement in America today.
Evangelical Christianity, born in England and nurtured in the United States, is leaving home.
Other experts differ on the number of evangelicals (estimates range from 250 million to nearly one billion) but agree that the number is growing rapidly.
www.philly.com /mld/inquirer/living/religion/13914476.htm   (1167 words)

If Christianity in general, is badly served on the Internet, Evangelical Christianity, in particular, suffer from over enthusiastic apologists and amateur theolgians.
CHRISTIAN RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET This is the "mother of all," Christian, and probably religious, web sites.
SOJOUNERS One of the few North American Christian publications that is left of center politically.
www.ucalgary.ca /~nurelweb/evang/evang.html   (298 words)

 The Impact of Evangelical Christianity on Bush Presidency and Nation
This is what makes you a “Christian.” There is a belief in the centrality and inerrancy of the Bible.
More liberal Christians may embrace Christ’s teachings but they don’t necessarily feel the need to be “born again” or believe in a literal translation of the Bible.
Where it gets dicey is when the government gets involved or expects these entities to do the work that rightly should be overseen by the government to ensure a lack of discrimination and so on.
campusapps.fullerton.edu /news/2005/hubbard.htm   (976 words)

 Evangelical Christianity in Victorian England   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Victorian Women, Evangelical Religion, and Attacks upon It and Them
Evangelical Missionaries to the working classes — the Navvy Missionary Society
Literary relations: Authors raised as Evangelicals or who had an Evangelical Phase
www.victorianweb.org /religion/evangelicalov.html   (149 words)

 A Call to Evangelical Unity - Christianity Today magazine - ChristianityTodayLibrary.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the history of evangelical Protestantism, issues and opportunities have called forth declarations on various topics.
Curiously, those who bear the name evangelical (a term that means "of or relating to the gospel") have never put forth a large-scale defining document about the gospel.
In the decades when many evangelical institutions were being founded (from the National Association of Evangelicals and Youth for Christ in the early forties through Fuller...
www.ctlibrary.com /ct/1999/june14/9t7049.html   (414 words)

 Evangelical Christianity - religious cults and sects
The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration An evangelical statement of beliefs, with a companion article titled, "A Call To Evangelical Unity"
A professional society of Biblical scholars, teachers, pastors and others involved in the evangelical scholarship serving Christ and His Church.
The site provides information that helps equip Christians to logically present and defend the Christian faith, and that aids non-Christians in their comparison of various religious claims.
www.apologeticsindex.org /e25.html   (379 words)

 Evangelical Christianity--Beliefnet.com
In this area, Beliefnet welcomes Christians who believe that the Bible is literally true, inerrant, and the only authority for Christian faith, and that that accepting Jesus Christ as one's only Lord is the only way to salvation.
To debate the validity of Christianity, or to criticize or debate Evangelical Christianity specifically, visit the Debate Forum (for people of all faiths) or Christian-to-Christian Debate (for Christians only).
Members will respond to sincere, respectful questions in Learn About Evangelical Christianity.
www.beliefnet.com /boards/boards_main.AllCategories.asp?Category=93   (114 words)

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