The more I learn about Evangelicalism, the more I understand it as a movement in transition, fluid, interchangeable, and hardly controlled. The one constant thing is the desire to reimagine and disseminate fundamentals without being called fundamentalists! Evangelicals love definitions, but they don’t want them narrowed down. For this reason, it’s amazing that you can find self-proclaimed Evangelicals in nearly every denomination! At the same time, as the word has become synonymous with Mainstream American religion, Evangelicals fear being uncontroversial.
For some time Evangelicals seemed to want to give the World Council of Churches a black eye. Now they’re wanting a conversation and seem eager to learn. But is ecumenism still too thorny, too dialogical, too theological for Evangelicals?