Evangelical Christianity: A Guide for the Perplexed | Roger E. Olson

How about educating yourself today? Here is a pretty decent presentation of what “evangelical” really means, without all the trappings of media misunderstanding and the beliefs of individuals and groups. And save the article so you can show it to people who think they know what evangelicals are.

As for me, I am often seen as a heretic because I do not believe in young earth creationism, the rapture, and even in the inerrancy of the Bible as often (mis)understood. I’m not a heretic. I’m just an evangelical with some beliefs that are different than many of those around me.

I would that you all were as I am. This is from me, not the Lord.

Evangelical Christianity: A Guide for the Perplexed | Roger E. Olson:

Some evangelical Christians add to these evangelical essentials doctrines such as “the rapture” and “the inerrancy of the Bible,” and “young earth creation.” These tend to be evangelicals who either were or are self-identified “fundamentalists.” Fundamentalists are normally (with some exceptions) part of the world wide evangelical movement, but many evangelical Christians are not historically, spiritually, or theologically fundamentalists. The American evangelical movement split apart in the 1940s – between fundamentalists and “neo-evangelicals.” Beginning in the 1970s many leading fundamentalists such as Jerry Falwell began to call themselves simply evangelicals and have for the past approximately forty years done their best to capture the evangelical “flag” for themselves and deny the authentic “evangelicalness” of non-fundamentalist evangelicals.

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