An interesting article from the online version of The New Yorker, that explores the development in those who use the word ‘evangelical’ in reference to themselves (or have it used about themselves by others, particularly the media). The article briefly exposes the way in which that word has changed in understanding and usage within Christianity, and the way it is now used with US civic discourse to refer not specifically to Christians of a certain ilk, but to those who have a certain political outlook that is masked by certain Christian positions on political issues.
The author, Timothy Keller, himself a Presbyterian minister, draws a distinction between ‘Evangelicalism’ and ‘evangelicalism’ – which I encourage you to explore via the article below – and the way in which there are some Christians who are seeking to reclaim the word from the political sphere and bring it back into the realm of Christianity. Although written from the perspective of the United States, a political and religious landscape that many commentators name as being in a particular class of its own, there is something that I find intriguing about the position Keller is seeking to elucidate.
A fascinating read, which I encourage you to plunge into.