SummaryDavid 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.