Date of Award

2007

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Christian Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Preben Vang

Second Advisor

Dr. C. Marvin Pate

Third Advisor

Dr. Tom Greer

Abstract

The Christian movement known as evangelicalism possesses a long and complex history or theological and practical development and expression. Through the years, the term evangelical has carried a wide range of meanings. While modern day evangelicalism is by no means a monolithic movement, its foundation across the spectrum lies in its affirmation of three major theological principles: "(1) the complete reliability and final authority of Scripture in matters of faith and practice; (2) the necessity of a personal faith in Jesus Christ ... ; and (3) the urgency of seeking actively the conversion of sinners to Christ." The first theological truth is the most important for the question at hand.

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