By Barry Hankins
There is no workforce in American society that's extra said yet so little understood as Evangelical Christians. occasionally disregarded as violent fundamentalists and ignorant flat earthers, few can doubt the political, cultural, and spiritual value of the Evangelicals. Barry Hankins places the Evangelical circulate in ancient point of view, achieving again to its roots within the nice Awakening of the 18th century and best as much as the formative moments of latest conservative Protestantism. taking up key themes resembling the status of technological know-how, the authority of scripture, and gender and racial equality, Hankins analyzes what's such a lot crucial for us to appreciate this present day approximately this powerful circulate.
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The fundamentalist-modernist controversy became a nasty fight on both sides. From 1920 to 1925, it was not altogether clear who would win the fundamentalist-modernist controversy. The battle in the Presbyterian Church, for example, looked as if it could go either way, and the moderate fundamentalist J. Gresham Machen at Princeton Seminary seemed to many observers to have the best argument. In 1923, he published Christianity and 32 Chapter Two Liberalism, in which he argued that theological modernism was less a variant of Christianity than a whole new religion.
This sort of theological modernism presented a direct challenge to the evangelical idea of crucicentrism and to the traditional understanding of the incarnation. The incarnation is the historic Christian belief that Christ was God in the flesh. Evangelicals believe this, but they believe it was a supernatural event, and they tend to emphasize Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection as the atonement for sin more than the incarnation. The only way for sinful human beings to be made right with God was for the incarnate Christ to die as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Neoevangelicals were those who wanted to retain an emphasis on the fundamentals of the faith while presenting an intellectually compelling case for a nonseparatist, culturally engaged gospel. The Rise of Neoevangelicalism Among a handful of events that were instrumental in the development of neoevangelicalism was the formation of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) in 1942. The NAE was modeled after the New England Fellowship (NEF), a regional organization of evangelicals led by J. Elwin Wright.