While the word, "evangelical," may come across as a bad word in many western circles, nobody can deny that the evangelical movement has been a powerful force within the United States on many levels throughout the years. On episode 73 of the Brew Theology Podcast, Dr. David Buschart, associate dean and professor of theology and historical studies at Denver Seminary, speaks about Evangelicals and Evangelicalism: “Who are ‘Evangelicals’ and What Do (and Don’t) They Believe”...
· This idea is prompted by the near-blizzard of references to “evangelicals” in mainstream media during and since the presidential election season.
· In an irenic spirit, Dr. Buschart offers a description of some of the history and (more) the theological beliefs of evangelicals. Buschart brings something of “an insider’s” perspective. In the process, he describes and acknowledges the diversity within and some of the weaknesses of evangelicalism, while giving an affirmative presentation of what evangelicalism at its best—not every individual person or church—is.
This is Part 1 of a 2 part conversation with Dr. Buschart.
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*W. David Buschart (PhD, Drew University) is associate dean and professor of theology and historical studies at Denver Seminary. His most recent book (co-written with Kent Eilers) is Theology as Retrieval: Receiving the Past, Renewing the Church. He has also published Exploring Protestant Traditions: An Invitation to Theological Hospitality, and has published a number of articles, essays and book chapters and is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society. Buschart served in the theology department at Canadian Theological Seminary from 1988 to 1998 and also served as acting dean of the faculty for one year. He was a founding member of the Research Science and Ethics Advisory Committee at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan and is also the founder of Credo Consulting, a theological consulting firm. He and his wife Nancy are active members of the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado.