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The eminent American historian of evangelicalism, Mark Noll, has repeatedly commended the quadrilateral as ''the most serviceable general definition'' in existence.4 A leader of evangelicalism in Britain, Derek Tidball (whose current positions include chairing the council of the Evangelical Alliance in the United Kingdom), has testified concerning this definition '' Bebbington's suggestions have met with a ready response from across the spectrum of evangelicals and has quickly established...

The church in evangelical theology and practice

When Christmas Day fell on a Sunday in 2005, a minor religious and cultural furor erupted, as reported by American news organizations, when several leading evangelical churches decided to cancel their Sunday morning worship services. This was because Christmas was a family day,'' said church spokespersons. One leader observed that it would not be convenient for parents to have to deal with excitable children, have Christmas breakfast, and then change clothes and come to church. After all,...

Jesus Christ

Along with the Scripture principle, the axiom of solus Christus has been a hallmark of theologies in the Reformation tradition. The first indicates the priority of divine revelation over tradition, speculation, or immediate experience the second acknowledges the sovereignty of divine grace in incarnation and redemption over against apparently synergistic conceptions of its mediation through church, sacrament, or the moral acts of Christian existence. The perfection of Christ - the integrity and...

Scriptures inspiration

Evangelicals take seriously the Bible's own testimony to its nature.6 Besides the view of Jesus himself, the most central passage is 2 Timothy 3 16-17 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work'' NRSV . Biblical inspiration is not a matter of romantic or ecstatic genius, a genus of the species enjoyed by artists. Rather, the term...