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Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998$
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Patrick Mitchel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256150

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199256152.001.0001

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Gospel Truth: Describing Evangelicalism

Gospel Truth: Describing Evangelicalism

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Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998
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Patrick Mitchel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256152.003.0005

Discusses the nature and content of evangelical Christianity and the problems associated with defining what is a variegated movement loosely organized around a theological core. Given Ian Paisley’s fundamentalist associations, particular attention is paid to unpacking the relationship between evangelicalism and fundamentalism. It is argued that they represent two overlapping but distinct forms of belief within a spectrum of conservative Christianity. The chapter concludes with a description of the multifaceted status of evangelicalism in Ulster and introduces the notion of ‘open’ and ‘closed’ evangelicalism.

Keywords:   bible, closed evangelicalism, evangelical, evangelical Alliance, fundamentalism, gospel, lausanne Covenant, open evangelicalism, ian Paisley, john Stott

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