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Gospel Truth: Describing Evangelicalism

Patrick Mitchel

in Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256150
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256152.003.0005
Gospel Truth: Describing Evangelicalism

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Discusses the nature and content of evangelical Christianity and the problems associated with defining what is a variegated movement loosely organized around a theological core. Given Ian Paisley’s fundamentalist associations, particular attention is paid to unpacking the relationship between evangelicalism and fundamentalism. It is argued that they represent two overlapping but distinct forms of belief within a spectrum of conservative Christianity. The chapter concludes with a description of the multifaceted status of evangelicalism in Ulster and introduces the notion of ‘open’ and ‘closed’ evangelicalism.

Keywords: Bible; closed evangelicalism; evangelical; Evangelical Alliance; fundamentalism; Gospel; Lausanne Covenant; open evangelicalism; Ian Paisley; John Stott

Chapter.  9539 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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