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Christian Studies

First Reader

Dr. Preben Vang

Second Reader

Dr. C. Marvin Pate

Third Reader

Dr. Tom Greer


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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