evangelical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj evangelical marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause
    • adj evangelical of or pertaining to or in keeping with the Christian gospel especially as in the first 4 books of the New Testament
    • adj evangelical relating to or being a Christian church believing in personal conversion and the inerrancy of the Bible especially the 4 Gospels "evangelical Christianity","an ultraconservative evangelical message"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There was an army general during the Liberia Civil War who used to lead his army into battle naked. His nickname was "General Butt Naked." Joshua Milton Blahyi (his real name) is now an evangelical preacher in Monrovia
    • Evangelical Adhering to a form of Christianity characterized by a conservative interpretation of the bible, but disavowing the label 'bdfundamentalist`'b8.
    • Evangelical Belonging to, agreeable or consonant to, or contained in, the gospel, or the truth taught in the New Testament; as, evangelical religion.
    • Evangelical Contained in, or relating to, the four Gospels; as, the evangelical history.
    • Evangelical Earnest for the truth taught in the gospel; strict in interpreting Christian doctrine; preëminently orthodox; -- technically applied to that party in the Church of England, and in the Protestant Episcopal Church, which holds the doctrine of “Justification by Faith alone;” the Low Church party. The term is also applied to other religious bodies not regarded as orthodox.
    • Evangelical Having or characterized by a zealous, crusading enthusiasm for a cause.
    • n Evangelical One of evangelical principles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • evangelical Of or pertaining to the gospel of Jesus Christ; comprised in or relating to the Christian revelation or dispensation: as, the evangelical books of the New Testament; the evangelical narrative or history; evangelical interpretation.
    • evangelical Conformable to the requirements or principles of the gospel, especially as these are set forth in the New Testament; characterized by or manifesting the spirit of Christ; consonant with the Christian faith: as, evangelical doctrine.
    • evangelical Adhering to and contending for the doctrines of the gospel: specifically applied to a section in the Protestant churches who profess to base their principles on Scripture alone, and who give distinctive prominence to such doctrines as the corruption of man's nature by the fall, atonement by the life, sufferings, and death of Christ, justification by faith in Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit in conversion and sanctification, and the divine exercise of free and unmerited grace.
    • evangelical In a restricted sense, relating or pertaining to the spirituality of the gospel; seeking to promote conversion and a strictly religious life: as, evangelical preaching or labors.
    • n evangelical One who maintains evangelical principles. The name Evangelicals is specifically applied to that party in the Church of England, often designated the Low-church party, which insists on the acceptance and promulgation of distinctively evangelical doctrines. See I., 3, above.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Evangelical of or pertaining to the gospel: relating to the four gospels: according to the doctrine of the gospel: maintaining the truth taught in the gospel: Protestant: applied to the school which insists especially on the total depravity of unregenerate human nature, the justification of the sinner by faith alone, the free offer of the gospel to all, and the plenary inspiration and exclusive authority of the Bible
    • n Evangelical one who belongs to the evangelical school
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Quotations

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    “Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality.”
  • John R. Mott
    John R. Mott
    “The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.”
  • V. Raymond Edman
    V. Raymond Edman
    “Evangelical faith without Christian ethics is a travesty on the gospel.”
  • Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    “Evangelism is selling a dream.”
  • G. Campbell Morgan
    G. Campbell Morgan
    “To call a man evangelical who is not evangelistic is an utter contradiction.”
  • Robert Munger
    Robert Munger
    “Evangelism is the spontaneous overflow of a glad and free heart in Jesus Christ.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. evangelicus—Gr. euangelikoseu, well, angellein, to bring news.

Usage

In literature:

The Evangelicals became the majority and 'they carried matters with a high hand.
"Historical Mysteries" by Andrew Lang
Francis passed the following year (1218) in evangelizing tours in Italy.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
He falls among persons of what is called an Evangelical cast, and finds his heart interested, and great objects set before it.
"Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists" by James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen
Both preached an evangel, but how different!
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
The Evangelicals at Cheltenham demanded this as a regular practice.
"The War and Unity" by Various
I enjoy hangings, particularly of converts to the evangelical faiths.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
From Quebec came forth nearly all the missionaries who evangelized the west and north-west.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
Wesley, then only a lad, had not yet come with his magnificent and cleansing evangel.
"The Builders" by Joseph Fort Newton
It has become, indeed, the one way in which religion has been made real to most members of evangelical churches.
"Modern Religious Cults and Movements" by Gaius Glenn Atkins
You see the evangelical day, is one of those days wherein this prophecy and promise must be fulfilled.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
The Evangelical Lutheran Church is the State religion, but all other persuasions are fully and freely tolerated.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
She was a Roman Catholic mystic, and we are Evangelical Protestants.
"Santa Teresa an Appreciation: with some of the best passages of the Saint's Writings" by Alexander Whyte
Her union with me will make her an evangel to the earth-bound millions.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Good Government Favourable to Evangelization.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Thirdly, as to the Evangelical; I know you have one of the Nos.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
He evangelized Samaria most successfully.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
No one who has drunk deeply at the fountain of evangelical truth can defend Islam.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
It is dangerous to deny any "great truth," but how many does evangelicalism possess?
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Hebrews and the evangelization of the Philippines.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 41 of 55, 1691-1700" by Various
Berthault, an evangelical preacher, i.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
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In poetry:

The man whom legal precepts chase,
As yet estrang'd to sov'reign grace,
Mistaking evangelic charms,
As if they stood on legal terms.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
He reigns! the Lord, the Savior reigns;
Praise him in evangelic strains
Let the whole earth in songs rejoice,
And distant islands join their voice.
"Psalm 97 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Oh, dear little brother,
My sweet little brother,
In the palace above the sun,
Oh, pray the good angels,
The glorious evangels,
To take me—when life is done.
"My Brother" by Emma Alice Browne
Even ruffians feel thy influence breed
Saint Martin's summer in the mind,
They feel this last evangel plead,
As did the first, apart from creed,
Be peaceful, man--be kind!
"Herba Santa" by Herman Melville
We rejoice in the light, And we echo the song
That comes down through the night From the heavenly throng.
Ay! we shout to the lovely evangel they bring,
And we greet in His cradle our Savior and King!
"A Christmas Carol" by Josiah Gilbert Holland
Is there a gospel in the red
Old witness of thy wide-mouthed wounds?
From thy blind stricken tongueless head
What desolate evangel sounds
A hopeless note of hope deferred?
What word, if there be any word?
"Before A Crucifix" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 10:30 am at the Evangelical Free Church in Albert City.
Why do they insist on traditional roles for women, denounce abortion and homosexuality, and evangelize to people of all religious backgrounds.
Evangelicals are growing in number on this island.
Ted Haggard said Tuesday that St James was incorporated "to keep the accounting in order" of the paid talks they've given for about a year and a half at evangelical churches across the country.
WASHINGTON — Evangelical pastor Rick Warren, whose participation drew criticism from liberals and gay-rights groups, invoked Jesus in his invocation but did so personally.
Last month, evangelical pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren announced that he was going to hold a forum at Saddleback Church with the presidential candidates.
Many young evangelicals today shun conflict -- a posture at odds with evangelical history.
A new generation of evangelical elites is imploring evangelicals to step back from the culture wars.
BAXTER — A benefit is planned for Greg Jager from 3-7 pm May 5 at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, 6284 Fairview Road, Baxter.
On a conference call Sunday, Rep Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) aimed to energize evangelical voters by laying out the stakes of the election in dramatic, religious terms.
On a conference call Sunday, republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan aimed to energize evangelical voters by laying out the stakes of the election in dramatic, religious terms.
Paul Ryan was campaigning in Colorado over the weekend, where he held a 'tele-town hall' with evangelical voters.
In some Pentecostal, charismatic and evangelical churches, you're never too young to preach the Word of the Lord.
Pawlenty's Pastor: An Evangelical Powerbroker .
Memorial Service will be Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with interment at the church cemetery.
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In science:

As nicely stated by Michael Peskin in the U.S. meeting, we have a task of ”evangelism”, that is we have to convince our colleagues involved in present collider experiments to join the LC world.
After Sitges
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