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What is an evangelical?

Summary

David Bebbington’s definition of this controversial movement is the one most used by historians.

Summary

David Bebbington’s definition of this controversial movement is the one most used by historians.

“Evangelical” is a dirty word in many circles today. But how many people know what it actually means?

David Bebbington, Professor of History at the University of Stirling in Scotland, is well-known for his definition of evangelicalism, referred to as the “Bebbington quadrilateral”. In this interview, he explains the quadrilateral, and touches on some of the highlights of the history – from Methodist preachers being pitched into duckponds to the presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. 

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