The following is adapted from the excellent Dictionary of American Christianity (Intervarsity Press). Part II of the article can be found here. Part III is here. The whole thing was given as a talk to a group of psychiatric residents (doctors-in-training) at a Twin Cities hospital. The talk’s final and, for me, most interesting part, on “Evangelicals and psychiatric services,” can be found here.
What is evangelicalism, in distinction from other Christian movements? It is not a single denomination, with its own organization. Rather, it is a movement in Christianity emphasizing the classical Protestant doctrines of:
• the church, and
• the authority of the Scriptures,
and characterized by
• stress on a personal experience of the grace of God, usually termed the new birth or conversion.
There are well over 50 million self-described evangelicals in the US and Canada today.
The movement has been shaped by: Continue reading