Who are Evangelicals?
By many accounts, evangelicals make up about 25% of the population of the United States. Yet evangelicalism has no clear spokesperson or institutional headquarters. It crosses denominational lines, and sometimes ignores them altogether. So who are the evangelicals?
Many people, both inside and outside the movement, have offered their own definitions of what makes one evangelical. Heard any of these?
- Mean, Stupid, and Dogmatic
- Rich American
- Racist, Sexist, and Homophobic
Many evangelicals do fit some of these definitions, but we don’t think any of them get to the essence of evangelicalism. Here’s why.