I've talked in previous posts about what it means, has meant, and might mean in the future to be an evangelical. There are lots of definitions, but there is some remarkable similarity among them. I want to mention a new document here entitled "An Evangelical Manifesto" which seeks to give some definition to Evangelical identity and public commitment. The document seeks from within evangelicalism to give self-definition in a sort of apologetic against or in contra-distinction to the labels that can come from culture, media, and those who might speak against evangelicals. I don't think, though, that it's primarily defensive. There's certainly a view towards the future of evangelicalism in the midst of a shifting church, culture, and theological debate. There is certainly a focus here on the place of evangelicals in public life and some "redefining" based upon evangelicalism's wedding itself too much in the past to religious right. The document on first glance looks to be pretty good. People like Timothy George, Os Guiness, Richard Mouw, and Dallas Willard were a part of the steering committee, which is good. I'm still reading it, so I'm not ready to comment, yet. There are a few things about the tone, the wideness, and the heart of evangelicalism that I like. Not sure if I'll sign it, yet. It's been noted by CNN (actually AP) and USA Today among others (and you can find an article at CT here).
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