Definitions of the Christian term "evangelical"
"Evangelical" was derived from the Greek word "euangelion" which means:
"gospel" or "good news."
People in our office once believed that everyone has a favorite meaning for the term
"evangelical." We also believed that there were many definitions in use that stressed various
features of evangelicalism.
In the fall of 2008, we had a rude awakening. A public opinion poll by
Ellison Research showed that 36% of American adults have no idea what the term
"evangelical" means. 1,2 This includes:
- 32% of men;
- 39% of women;
- 46% (almost a majority) of those under 35 years-of-age;
- 27% of those who define themselves as conservative;
- 45% of self-defined moderates;
- 34% of self-defined liberals;
- 38% of Democrats;
- 37% of independents; and
- 29% of Republicans.
The poll showed that even 14% of people who call themselves evangelicals don't know how to define
Topics covered in this section concerning the definition
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "America’s Definition: What Is an Evangelical?" Ellison Research,
- "America’s Definition: What Is an Evangelical?: full study" Ellison Research,
http://www.ellisonresearch.com/ This is a PDF file.
Copyright © 2003 to 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2003-APR-8
Latest update: 2008-JUN-27
Author: B.A. Robinson