Not Just About U.S.

January 29, 2018 ...

The term was popularized by Martin Luther and his German evangelischel congregations. William Wilberforce, who pressed the British Commonwealth to outlaw slave trading, brought the term and its usage into the public forum at the turn of the 1800s as a social force for good. In time the word became synonymous with Protestants who pressed …

Evangelical ≠ Political

January 29, 2018 ...

When I ask why “evangelical” should be abandoned, the answer is almost always about politics. They tell me that our name has been co-opted by politicians and policies that are polarizing and painful. They say they are being identified with policies contrary to the Bible and blamed for practices they don’t approve. They contend that …

Theology Behind Euangelion

January 29, 2018 ...

The Jewish Path to Good News The first is a Jewish path. Isaiah, hundreds of years before Jesus, announced the good news of God’s reign for Israel in exile, with no immediate hope of restoration. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news who proclaim peace, who bring good …

Defining Evangelicals in Research

January 23, 2018 ...

Few identifiers are as ubiquitous but so poorly defined. The result has been that even premier polling groups are divided on who counts. To understand how we got here, I will give some background on research into evangelicalism and then offer a path forward. In the wake of Jimmy Carter, existing and new polling agencies …

Evangelical: What’s in a Name?

January 23, 2018 ...

For both of these contemporary opinions, there are some admittedly good reasons. Yet stepping back for a longer view historically and a wider view internationally opens up another possibility: Maybe the scholars are too fussy, and the pundits too shortsighted. More Than Right Wing In the media’s obsession with partisan politics, evangelicals are the white …

Religious Trends in America

May 24, 2017 ...

In this one-hour webinar, Greg Smith, associate director of research at Pew Research Center, addressed broad trends within American religions, including growth of the Nones, religious switching, birth rates among different religions, and more — all with a particular focus on how evangelicalism is doing in the United States. The webinar costs $25 for non-members. …

Reporting on Religion

July 15, 2016 ...

Faith and spirituality are a powerful motivation or undercurrent in many stories of our day. Good religion reporting helps us understand these trends and motivations. In this podcast, you’ll hear a veteran and well-respected religion reporter share: The challenges of reporting on religion, particularly evangelicalism; How America’s changing religious landscape impacts reporting trends; Tips for pastors …

Defining Evangelicals in an Election Year

March 2, 2016 ...

Researchers have asked evangelicals what they think about same-sex marriage, science, the death penalty, immigration, and, especially, whom they plan to vote for in the upcoming election. That’s understandable. Americans who identify as white evangelicals remain a powerful voting bloc in the United States — representing 1 out of every 5 voters in recent presidential …

Who are Evangelicals & Where are They Headed?

January 15, 2016 ...

Everyone wants to know what evangelicals think — particularly in the election season. But who are researchers talking about when they refer to evangelicals? In Today’s Conversation with Leith Anderson, Ed Stetzer talks about the challenges and opportunities in defining and researching evangelicals. In this podcast, you’ll hear insight from a leading Christian researcher on: The different ways …

NAE, LifeWay Research Publish Evangelical Beliefs Research Definition

November 19, 2015 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) initiated the development of an evangelical beliefs research definition for accurate and consistent use among researchers more than two years ago. In partnership with LifeWay Research, the definition was crafted, reviewed and tested for validity. “Evangelicals have been misunderstood and categorized incorrectly so often, and much of that is …