Some Christian leaders issued An Evangelical Manifesto last week to depoliticize the term 'evangelical.' "We evangelicals are defined theologically, and not politically, socially or culturally," they said. In your mind, what is the definition of an evangelical?
Sally Quinn and Jon Meacham on May 14, 2008 5:52 AM
The revival of Evangelical faith inside the academy (witness the explosive growth of Evangelical colleges and universities) is breaking down old misunderstandings through exposure of both communities to each other.
Posted by John Mark Reynolds, on May 19, 2008 1:09 PM
Accepting the olive branch offered by the manifesto can only be provisional at this point. Looking over the seven points of essential doctrine, each takes a dogmatic position that millions of other Christians don't accept
I wasn't aware of a demand for an "evangelical manifesto." Everything a follower of Jesus needs is in God's Word. It seems to me to be another attempt to "fit-in" with the world. "Evangelicals" ought to be fitting-in with God and His agenda, which is redemption, not reforming a fallen planet.
These Evangelical leaders have come to rue the day they were discovered as a voting bloc by Republican strategists. They have been manipulated and “that way faith loses its independence.” All people of faith should heed this warning.
Posted by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, on May 19, 2008 6:25 AM
As a pro-choice evangelical, I was saddened by the violent anti-choice (spun as “pro-life”) language of “an Evangelical Manifesto” on this culture-war issue: we on the other side are guilty of “assaults” on the unborn.
Posted by Willis E. Elliott, on May 16, 2008 3:04 PM
Better questions: What tasks is God calling the church to undertake today and tomorrow? What resources are there in the Evangelical traditions which will enable us to carry out those tasks? What resources will we need for those tasks which are NOT normally found in the Evangelical traditions?
Posted by Nicholas T. Wright, on May 16, 2008 12:30 PM
Though it seeks always to bring Christian truth to bear in all of society, including politics, evangelicalism stands astride the mainstream of the church and apart from and independent of any worldly structure.
Posted by Charles "Chuck" Colson, on May 14, 2008 3:42 AM
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daniel: My opinion of this document is unequivocal: it is one of the saddest, conflicted, incoherent documents I have ever read but will no doubt br...
Brent Bullock: "Go and make disciples of all the nations ..."
In essence that is the root of what an "evangelical" should be, though the term has clearly ...
mike rucker: one of the things i like about the document is that the authors choose not to say that creationism and inerrancy are non-negotiables. for th...