„For years, David Bebbington’s „evangelical quadrilateral” has noted these distinctives of evangelicalism: biblicism, crucicentrism, conversionism, and activism. It emphasized evangelical reverence for the Bible and the cross of Christ, the need for personal conversion, and acting out of a changed life, with Wilberforce’s historic battle against the slave trade as prime example.
But some who claim the evangelical label come to such different conclusions about what the Bible actually teaches on some very key issues — such as marriage, the special dignity of human life, even how we interpret the Bible. And I say key, because these have to do with what has historically gone unquestioned, and the issues are rooted in God’s created intent for His world.
To move forward, I point you to a more comprehensive definition of „evangelical,” first drafted by the evangelical Anglican, J.I. Packer, who was dubbed by Christianity Today as „evangelicalism’s traffic cop.””