3 Evangelical Off-Ramps

Are we all just reacting to various Fundamentalisms here in America? Is there a doctrinal identity or a practical mission at the center of American Evangelicalism? Is there a hidden affinity between conservative and progressive Evangelicals? 

In this provocative beginning to season two of Theology on MissionGeoff Holsclaw and David Fitch talking about the various evangelical off-ramps that people take within the American religious highway.  Geoff goes so far as claiming that we have never been “evangelical”: not himself, not Ed Stetzer, not Rachel Held Evans, not Christianity Today, and not even Billy Graham (think of the famous definition of anyone who likes Billy Graham is an evangelical).

In this episode Dave and Geoff cover three views on Evangelicalism:

  1. Conservative Evangelicalism: Doctrinally centered around conservative theology.
  2. Progressive Evangelicalism: Socially centered around progressive activism.
  3. Classical and Global Evangelicalism: A theologically conservative but socially compassionate centered global movement.

(Here are the tweets that started it all: by Ed Stetzer and response by Rachel Held Evans)


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