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There is no crew in American society that's extra pointed out yet so little understood as Evangelical Christians. occasionally pushed aside as violent fundamentalists and ignorant flat earthers, few can doubt the political, cultural, and non secular value of the Evangelicals. Barry Hankins places the Evangelical stream in historic standpoint, attaining again to its roots within the nice Awakening of the 18th century and best as much as the formative moments of latest conservative Protestantism. taking over key subject matters equivalent to the status of technology, the authority of scripture, and gender and racial equality, Hankins analyzes what's so much crucial for us to appreciate this day approximately this effective move.
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The only way for sinful human beings to be made right with God was for the incarnate Christ to die as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. Modernists, by contrast, emphasized Christ’s life, not his death and resurrection, as a model of what humans could become through experience. Even the incarnation, in this way of thinking, was more natural than supernatural. The idea that Christ was God in the flesh was reinterpreted to mean that he was the best model of what a human being should be and that individuals should emulate Christ’s life of love and service.
Charles Darwin published Origin of Species in 1859 and The Descent of Man in 1870. While he was not the first to theorize on the evolution of species, his works nevertheless popularized evolution, postulated a particular theory as to how evolution took place, and presented a challenge to supernatural readings of scripture. Almost all areas of intellectual life soon applied Darwin’s evolutionary model, including theology. Applied to theology, the evolutionary model essentially meant that Christianity, like everything else, evolved over time.
American Evangelicals: A Contemporary History of A Mainstream Religious Movement (Critical Issues in History) by Barry Hankins