Contours of Evangelical Spirituality

Volume 10
Issue 2, Fall 2017
Contours of Evangelical Spirituality

Evangelical is the adjective that corresponds to the noun “gospel,” but because the adjective derives from Greek and the noun from Old English, it is easy to miss the connection between the terms nowadays when the word “evangelical” has become highly politicized. The close relationship between “evangelical” and “gospel” was explained in the sixteenth century by William Tyndale: “Evangelion (that we call the gospel) is a Greek word; and signifieth good, merry, glad and joyful tidings, that maketh a man’s heart glad, and maketh him sing, dance, and leap for joy.”1 While Tyndale could not have envisioned the explosion of hymn-singing that would emerge in the later evangelical movement, or the erudite analysis of religious emotion that would appear in the writings of Jonathan Edwards, and while he most certainly would not have imagined the Welsh jumpers of the 1760s or Pentecostal dancing in the Spirit in the twentieth century, he did appreciate what the apostle Paul called the power, or dynamic, of the gospel to generate confidence and set people in joyful motion. This relationship between word and life, message and experience, doctrine and devotion, has been central to evangelical spirituality from its earliest days.

Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh
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