the word “evangelicalism”

Timothy Keller writing in The New Yorker magazine:

“in the early nineteen-seventies, the word “evangelical” still meant an alternative to the fortress mentality of fundamentalism [but]…its meaning has changed drastically…”

“When I used the word to describe myself in the nineteen-seventies, it meant I was not a fundamentalist. If I use the name today, however, it means to hearers that I am.”

“in popular usage, the word is nearly synonymous with “hypocrite.””

“Does the word, then, have an ongoing usefulness? For now, the answer may be no.”


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