Re: Competing for the Evangelical Mind

Murphy (
Thu, 03 Apr 1997 07:03:38 -0500

Jason A. Alley wrote:
> Here is what our textbook defines as the
> evangelical movement:
> "A recationary movement in oposition to Fundamentalism, which began in
> 1947. It acceps the essentials of the faith as listed by the
> fundamentalists (the Inerrancy of the Bible, the Diety of Jesus Christ,
> the Virgin Birth of Christ, the Substitutionary Atonement, the Bodily
> Resurrection, the Historicity of Miracles, and the Second Coming of
> Christ), but disagrees with the fundamentalists on the grounds of their
> Attitued, Strategy, and Results in ministering to the lost, believing
> that one should be more loving and less exclusive than the
> fundamentalists. Two sub-groups of the evangelical movement are the
> Neo-evangelical, who believe that the Bible is infallible, not
> inerrant, and the Liberal Evangelical, who question the historicity of
> miracles." --Lewis, Kevin, Th.D., Christian Thought I, p14.

OK, & this is about what I mean by the popular American
understanding of Evangelical. My point is that those in this part of
the Christian spectrum tend to ignore what goes on outside the
fundamentalist-Evangelical sector of Christianity in matters of science
& religion. They picture groups like ICR at the right of the spectrum &
ASA at the left, & CTNS, CCRS, Zygon, "mainline" denominational groups
&c don't come into the picture at all. & thus the picture, as I said,
is distorted.
George Murphy