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Tim Keller: Evangelicals Will Grow in Faith, Not Be Shrunk by a Label

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 December 2017 10:36 AM

Though the "Big-E Evangelical" term has been hijacked by the political machine in this country, "little-e evangelical" will survive the taint and misperception that has been wrought, Tim Keller wrote in a column for The New Yorker.

Further, Keller argues that the battle over the Evangelical label is misplaced to begin with; it's the faith and beliefs of evangelicals that matter, much the same way Democrats exchanged the word "liberal" for "progressive."

"Does the word, then, have an ongoing usefulness? For now, the answer may be no," Keller wrote for the New Yorker. "These new urban churches are certainly not mainline Protestant, yet they don't look at all like what the average person thinks of by the term 'Evangelical.'

"Will these younger churches abandon the name or try to redefine it? I don't know, but, as a professional minister, I don't think it is the most important point to make," wrote the founder of the Redeemer Presbyterian Churches in New York City.

"What is crucial to know is that, even if the name 'evangelical' is replaced with something else, it does not mean that the churches will lose their beliefs," Keller writes.

"In some ways, the Democratic Party is more liberal now than when the older label was set aside, evidence that it is quite possible to change the name, but keep the substance.

"The same thing may be happening to evangelicalism," Keller wrote. "The movement may abandon, or at least demote, the prominence of the name, yet be more committed to its theology and historic impulses than ever.

"Evangelical churches that resist dilution in their theological beliefs and practices are holding their own or growing," Keller writes.

"And if evangelicals — or whatever they will call themselves­ — continue to become more multiethnic in leadership and confound the left-right political categories, they may continue to do so."

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Though the "Big-E Evangelical" term has been hijacked by the political machine in this country, "little-e evangelical" will survive the taint and misperception that has been wrought, Tim Keller wrote in a column for The New Yorker.
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