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American Evangelicalism: Conservative Religion and the Quandary of Modernity Paperback – February 1, 1983
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Theologically, he finds young Evangelicals far less certain than were their elders of such things as an inerrant Scripture, a literal hell, of salvation solely through faith in Christ. They frequently value the "social gospel" as much as, if not more than, the traditional evangelical concern for "saving the lost."
(Though he labels these issues "theological," he does not in fact treat truly theological themes such as the Trinity, the Incarnation, etc.; here his sociological orientation may blind him to those "theological" concerns young Evangelicals still espouse.) Hunter finds the efforts of Evangelicals to attain scholarly respectability, to escape the ghetto-style mentality of earlier Fundamentalism, subtly eroding the earlier certainties of Evangelicalism's theology.
Likewise, he finds data showing the decline of the traditional evangelical work ethic--and especially its "moral asceticism." In earlier times, evangelicals sought to be non-worldly, but today's representatives often seek to identify and conform to the world.Read more ›