Evangelicals and Sources of Authority


What are the sources of authority for evangelical Christians in their debates and practices? Evangelicals often refer to the Bible, but it is not their sole source. Practical results are also important, as are personal feelings and experiences. In this volume, fourteen researchers examine the sources of authority to which evangelicals appeal. It was assumed that evangelicals accepted a certain balance between the authority of the Bible, tradition, experiences and rationality. In the past two decades, however, a shift from traditional interpretations of the Bible to an emphasis on individual experiences and emotions has been discernible, with varying implications. It is time to acknowledge that the evangelical movement is no longer stuck in conservatism, but is willing to enter new debates with changing sources of authority.