The first in a series on the meaning and place of a historic movement.
Mark Galli Kate Shellnutt
The evangelical faith is going through another of its spasms of critical self-reflection. Every week, it seems another prominent person claims that "evangelicalism is in crisis" or that they no longer want to be identified with the word evangelical. This sort of thing happens when some evangelicals do something scandalous in the eyes of another part of the movement. In the recent past, many were disturbed by the televangelist scandals of Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and others. Over the last year, many American evangelicals have been aghast at other evangelicals' support for Donald Trump and their general political conservatism. Meanwhile, the movement has seen increased division over racial reconciliation and sexual ethics. continue reading >>