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Evangelicalism is a branch of Christianity with an emphasis on personal conversion, biblical authority and proclamation of the gospel.

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How do Evangelical Protestants understand the relationship between "intellectual assent" and the experience of being "born-again"?

I'd like to start this question by citing the definition of intellectual assent provided by the article Is faith intellectual assent?: To give intellectual assent is to agree with something on a ...
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For Evangelical/Fundamentalist Protestants, what is the motivation for supporting morality-based legislation?

Just to be clear, I'm only referring to activities that are victimless, or at least harm nobody except for those who willingly participate. If I understand Calvinist (TULIP) theology correctly, ...
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How are the religious usages of mainline and evangelical related to their general nonreligious meanings?

I have some but not much idea about the differences between Mainline and Evangelical. I looked up the two words in dictionary, but I am wondering what relations are between their general non-religious ...
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From a non-Trinitarian perspective, how would you show that the Bible does not teach that the Son is equal with the Father?

See below for a more precise definition of the question. Two Views among Evangelicals Ted Peters says that if anything, contemporary mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic trinitarian thinking is “...
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What is the difference between Evangelical and Protestant?

Just the other day, I heard somebody talking politics and contrasted the Roman Catholic church's political influence with "the Evangelical vote". In this sense, as is often done in US media, the word ...
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By what mechanism does Faith lead to Salvation?

As I understand, Evangelical Protestants believe that Jesus took on the sins of humanity through his death, acting as a substitute for the target of the justice of God, and that salvation comes ...
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Christian Science Monitor: a socially acceptable source among conservative Christians?

My beloved (somewhat conservative) presbyterian-pentecostal mother spends hours every week on dubious, supposedly Christian websites and then regurgitates their dubious prophesies and conspiracy ...
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What does it mean to say a bible translation is "evangelical?"

In this comparison of ESV/NIV/NET translations, several references are made to how evangelical a translation is: I am happy to endorse the ESV, with the understanding that the scholarship, largely ...
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How do Evangelicals define Expository Preaching and how prevalent is it within Protestantism?

For the first five years of my Christian life I was blessed by the expository preaching of a U.K. Baptist minister. Sermons were usually 45 minutes in duration and the word of God was preached ...
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Is the 10/40 window term used by Christian missionaries sort of quaint and grossly oversimplified?

The 10/40 window term is used by Christian missionaries to loosely define areas of the world with the "highest level of socioeconomic challenges and least access to the Christian message and ...
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Do Evangelicals think you have to be saved every day?

Why does my brother in law tell us that we have to accept Jesus every time he talks to me, my children or his brother? He has known me for 36 years. He knows that I am saved, that I brought the ...
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Why are Evangelical Christians pushing to outlaw abortions without clear Biblical guidance on abortion? [duplicate]

Laws, especially when made for moral reasons, should have unambiguous support in God's Word. But God's Word is far from unambiguous on this issue. The clearest passages addressing abortion (although ...
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According to evangelicals, who are the Great Multitude at Rev 7:9, who come out of the great tribulation (on earth) where they are given life?

Revelation 7:4-8 describes the 144,000. Then another group is mentioned that is the subject for this question. According to evangelicals, who are the Great Multitude at Re 7:9, Rev 7:9 ...
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Did the American Constitution and independence from England usher in the first full separation of Church and state?

I have noticed that even among theologians that postulated full separation of church and state, like Luther, they did not force the subject so fully as our modern world understands. In fact there was ...
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Who signed the 1982 Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics?

From the official repository of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI) we can see the list signers for the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy out of over 300 who attended ...
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What are the beliefs and practices of Evangelicals regarding ecumenism?

I want to know what Evangelical Christians (ECs) believe regarding ecumenism and how they practice it. A very practical example is when a person converts interdenominationally. How do ECs make the ...
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According to evangelicals, does the use of historical criticism violate the doctrine of inerrancy?

Evangelicals believe that the canonized Scripture is the authoritative and inerrant word of God communicated to the ancient authors under divine inspiration. The 1978-1982 Chicago statement of ...
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C.S. Lewis's view of Scripture vs. Chicago Statements on Biblical Inerrancy & Hermeneutics

Background of the question It has been widely recognized that C.S. Lewis's view of Scripture is complicated, situated between two extremes: Late 19th century fundamentalist inerrancy concept which ...
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According to Evangelical Christians, what does a person need to believe about Jesus in order to be saved?

The Bible teaches about Jesus of Nazareth many things. It teaches that Jesus was born to a virgin. It teaches that he was without sin yet suffered, died, and rose again for us. It also teaches that ...
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What is the appeal of John Piper (Desiring God Ministries)?

This question is not a slight or belittlement of the pastor but I simply don't understand. He is the most referenced and watched pastor at my college, even among those that wouldn't identify as ...
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How can I best communicate I'm a lutheran evangelic as per the German definition?

It seems to me that in the States if you are a Christian but not a Catholic, you're automatically thrown into the huge (and negatively viewed) pot that is Protestantism. I have many (Catholic) ...
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Distribution of theological positions of evangelical churches in the 21st century

I am looking for some statistics of how many evangelical churches are Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Pentecostal, etc. Historical data would be great, but I'm more interested in current ...
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According to Evangelicalism when did Jesus become the High Priest?

In the Aaronic Priesthood, priests come and go but Jesus is a priest forever. Hebrews 7:23-25 (MSG) 23-25 Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ ...
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What is the theological significance of the label "Christian", according to evangelicals?

Recently, I have noticed a trend here of people fighting to deny self-identifying Christians who deny parts of the Nicene creed the label Christian. I am of course talking about LDS and I guess the ...
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According to Evangelicals, before the Reformation, who were Christians if “Catholics are not Christians”?

Every now and then I hear non-Catholic Christians, usually Evangelicals, say things along the lines of “Catholics are not Christians” or “the Catholic Church does not teach the true Gospel.” Unless I ...
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How do Christians / churches who self-identify as "post-Protestant" distinguish themselves from non-denominational or evangelical?

I came across a blog author Matthew Bryan who self-identify as a "post-Protestant", a term that I encountered for the first time. When I Googled what "post-Protestant" means, I ...
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Is there a theological basis for climate change skepticism among evangelicals?

In my experience there seems to be a strong correlation between right wing evangelical Christians and climate change skepticism which intrigues me. I've never been able to see where this link comes ...
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What was Van Til's view on the use and validity of historical proofs for the resurrection?

Cornelius Van Til was the pioneer of presuppositional apologetics, and was one of the founding members of Westminster Theological Seminary. The defenses of faith that he developed sought to apply the ...
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Contemporary Evangelical human nature positions that are different than St. Augustine

St. Augustine's theology is highly embedded in Western Christian denominations today, including among Evangelicals. But I'm sure his theology is not the only one supported by the Bible. In other ...
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When people go to heaven, does their spelling improve? [closed]

Note: by Heaven I mean the "temporary state before the resurrection". In other words, do people keep their virtues, morals, skills, faults, wickedness when they go to heaven? Or do they ...
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How do Evangelicals understand "holy children" in 1 Cor 7:14, with respect to the salvation of children dying in infancy?

For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. (1 ...
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How did James Orr's view of the inspiration of the Bible differ from B. B. Warfield's?

Two of the intellectual fathers of Christian fundamentalism, and ultimately evangelicalism, were James Orr and B. B. Warfield. Both contributed to The Fundamentals, and are well known for opposing ...
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In evangelicalism, how are Christians free from sin?

The gist of Romans 6 is that as Christians, we are dead to sin, and thus free from it. We are no longer slaves to sin, but are slaves to God and righteousness. Romans 6:16–18 (ESV) 16  Do ...
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Do Evangelical Christians interpret James 1:2 and Romans 5:3 to mean that we should enjoy our problems?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, James 1:2 (NIV) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help ...
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Is modern Evangelical Protestant soteriology consistent with the early Christian idea of "theosis"?

Early Christians used the term theosis, which puts forth a "exaltation", "divinization" deification concept which the Eastern orthodox church still holds today. [T]he Word of God became man, that ...
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Who was Chuck Smith, and what was his place in Christianity?

Lately, the Christian Post uploaded several articles on the late beloved Pastor Chuck Smith. The reception was ambivalent. Some people said he was chosen by God to lead them, while others claimed he ...
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Can pastors at Evangelical denominations teach that Jesus was resurrected with an invisible and immaterial body?

Murray Harris has views of the resurrection body of Jesus which fall within the statement of faith for the Evangelical Free Church in spite of the fact that the body is not a human body. Another ...
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When did the term "evangelical" first start being used?

The term "evangelical" is used to describe a particular set of Christian beliefs, and is generally considered orthogonal to denominations - you could get, for example, evangelical Anglicans and non-...
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Will Adam and Eve be resurrected to eternal life or are they dead forever?

Ge 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (KJV) The penalty for sin is death. Ge 3/19 In ...
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Why is Hebrews considered inerrant?

Evangelical Christians (of which I am one) consider the Bible to be inerrant - that is, given directly by God, and without error as original written. If we trust Jesus' words, then the inerrancy of ...
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In what manner does the Father draw men to Jesus Christ? John 6:44

This question is for Evangelicals who do not hold a Calvinist view Jesus Christ states that the Father alone draws men to Himself. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” ...
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Does the parable of the Unforgiving Servant have implications re: "once saved, always saved"?

My question is coming from a Protestant / Evangelical perspective. I've always been taught that once one is saved, nothing and no one can snatch him from the Father's hand. That is to say, one cannot ...
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Do spirits need bodies to manifest?

Every instance in the Bible where a spirit, (including for the most part God) speaks to a physical person, or moves a physical someone it is done in a body or through another person that possesses a ...
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How do evangelical universalists reconcile their position with the designation for Judas that it would be better if he had never been born?

By "evangelical" in this context I am referring to those with the common evangelical view that the Bible is the word of God and inerrant in the autographs. The idea that Judas might be ultimately ...
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What Bible principles and scriptures apply to a situation where self-defense results in the death of the attacker?

Related but not answered: When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense? Context: South Africa has a rather high rate of crime, far, far, far higher than America, Canada, or Europe. Please ...
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How do Evangelicals explain when Paul writes "I, not the Lord"?

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV): Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband In verse 12 Paul writes: But to the rest I, not the ...
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What is the Biblical argument used by Evangelical Christians against the Catholic doctrine of the invocation of the saints?

The Catholic Church holds to the doctrine of Intercession of the Saints. As I understand it, this refers to the saints in heaven praying for us saints on earth.However, Catholicism teaches that we ...
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What does "biblical Christianity" mean to evangelical Protestants?

What does "biblical Christianity" mean to evangelical Protestants, and does it entail the emphasis on and especial attention to sola scriptura? I think this question is important, because it may be ...
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Is Mary Our Mother? Evangelicals please explain John 19:26–27

John 19:26–27 (NIV) When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From ...
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How could Satan be cursed to crawl on the ground, yet walk before God in Job?

In Genesis 3:1 we find a serpent. Supposedly Satan inhabited the serpent, or the word should be translated Shining One (NIV). At any rate, God curses the snake in 3:14: "On your belly you shall go, ...