The Contemporary Resource of Liberal Theology

Article by William R. Barnett

Despite the recent evangelical resurgence in American Christianity, contemporary Christians must not delude themselves that the old liberal problems of religion and culture will go away. Certainly, mainline Christianity’s preoccupation with social affairs as a substitute for religious experience has resulted in a general decline of “standard-brand” denominations. And for some, the current evangelical renaissance …

The Holiness Churches: A Significant Ethical Tradition

Article by Donald W. Dayton

To many outsiders, the world of “conservative” Christianity no doubt seems an undifferentiated mass. But the uniformity and agreement often claimed by advocates of “evangelicalism” are to great extent a myth. The groups that compose conservative Christendom are marked by distinctive theological stances and sociological dynamics as significant as those that distinguish other church traditions …

The Years of the Evangelicals

Article by Martin E. Marty

Reporters who want to know something about evangelicalism — or about “evangelicism” or evangelisticism” or “evangelism,” as they sometimes put it — often call on someone like me to do some defining. Once I had to spell out, literally, the difference between “evangelicalism” and “evangelism.” The culture at large has only somewhat less difficulty getting …