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1.
Type of Christianity that places authority in the Bible as the infallible word of God. This does not necessarily mean a literal interpretation of everything in the Bible (cf. creationism). Not to be confused with evangelism, which means something entirely different.
No-one knows what evangelical means.
dodane przez jedi_llama kwiecień 13, 2006
 
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A generalization of multiple groups of Protestant Christianity. It's not actually a denomination, but a category that churches of many denominations fall under, ranging from some baptist churches in the south to non-denominational churches in the north and along the coastline. Using that criteria, the majority of protestant Christians in the US probably fall under the "Evangelical" category. Despite popular belief, they are real, tangible people, who are just as capable of being discriminated against as the people who they are frequently (and usually, falsely) accused of being discriminated against. An Evangelical Christian is best characterized as someone who wants to spread the Gospel of Christ by being living examples to the people around them. Real Evangelicals do not believe in forcing people who are not Christians to act like Christians, because they believe that Christ his followers to only come of their own free will.

Evangelical Christians should NOT be confused with "fundamentalists," a term that has come to mean someone who is far more mental than fun. Evangelicals tend to believe in more literal interpretations of the bible, but that does not mean that they are against scientific study or using critical thinking (after all, how can you understand how the Bible applies to your life without critical thinking?). Also, they do not want religion to control the government, because as Martin Luther figured out during the dark ages, religion controlling government is actually a cheap disguise for the government controlling religion. True Evangelicals want freedom of religion, and that includes the freedom to share the gospel with others.

Evangelical Christians are a large, and unfortunately, misunderstood part of the global population. They are constantly stereotyped as being hateful, bigoted people, even though many of them have done many great works for bringing rights to people and sending help to places. Evangelicals want to change their communities for the better by changing the people, one person at a time. Maybe if people came to realize that the large majority of Evangelical Christians are actually legitimately nice people who enjoy life and are happy to share their happiness with others, they'd realize that the mainstream perception of "evangelical" is merely an aggressively propagated stereotype that aims to strip Christians of their legitimacy as human beings.
Brainwashed simpleton: "Evangelicals are all idiot rednecks who think that Dinosaurs are a hoax and they want to kill everyone who doesn't go to their church and destroy America!"

Evangelical Christian: "I'm an Evangelical Christian. I am from the New England coastline. My dad is a scientist. I do not believe the people go to hell for being in different church denominations, which includes Catholicism and Orthodox. I lean libertarian in my voting, and do not want the state to control religion. I believe in the protection, safety, and rights of all people, and that it's my mandate to share God's Word with them, if they are willing.
dodane przez Timstuff styczeń 27, 2008
 
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Comes from the word 'evangelism', which means spreading the good news about jesus christ.

So inturn evangelical is living your life in the way that god wants you to, so that others may see you and see how god has worked in your life. It is not a way of forcing a religion on someone.

It can also mean to speak to people about jesus.
"To believe in jesus christ is a choice and it can not be forced on anyone."

Don't try and force god on someone, pray, let god sow the seeds and just be a mate!
dodane przez soulio lipiec 15, 2005
 
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A sect of christianity that is full of mindless, brainwashed followers who spend their entire life in misery when they aren't spreading the gospel. The whole sect is full of middle class/rich white folks who want to go to church to be entertained by crying, hysterical preachers and find new prejudices to be in support of. They believe that their religion is the only way of life and refuse to accept any other ways. There is no 'conversation' with evangelicals...they only convert. BEWARE.
President Bush is an evangelical christian. Need I say more on why he seems so mindless and stupid?
dodane przez MichealJBlyth wrzesień 07, 2005
 
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According to society, the only demographic that should feel ashamed of themselves when campaigning or when casting a vote.
Jesse Jackson is welcome to campaign for John Kerry to his fellow African Americans. Ditty can mobilize Gen X and Y to do the same. But drat anyone who campaigns in front of an evangelical.
dodane przez edoggggg styczeń 05, 2006
 
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The Andromeda Strain of Christianity. Often called "conservative Christianity", when in reality it is a very modern radical version. Evangelicalism has no true theology, substituting apologetics for theology, and far more concerned with what will draw in people than in actual beliefs.

Evangelicals are often mistaken for Protestants, however the two groups a quite different. Protestantism is based on the idea that people can read and understand the Bible for themselves, without need of a mediator. In Evangelicalism, your minister is the final authority of what the Bible means.

Evangelicals gather to worship in thousands or tens of thousands in the belief that their minister is an intermediary to God, and that it is very important to get their religion directly from him.
The Evangelical's theology changed so fast that it was changed before the sermon was even finished.
dodane przez TheOmicron1 styczeń 11, 2010
 
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Describes Christians who try to uphold the tenants of the Protestant Reformation, but without all that courage, conviction, and critical-thinking baggage that got their 16th and 17th century forefathers burned at the stake. Also known as "Evan-jelly-fish" due to apparent lack of brain and spine.
"Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain Reason, and not by Popes and Councils, who have so often contradicted themselves. My conscience is captive to the Word of God. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. I cannot and I will not recant. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me."
-Reformer Martin Luther in his trial at the Imperial Diet of Worms.

"You know what, the thing that breaks my heart is that there's no way I can answer it without hurting someone on either side."
-Famous Evangelical Pastor Brian McLaren, when asked about his position on homosexual marriage.

dodane przez Richard Ramsey listopad 06, 2006