Publication Date

5-23-2013

Advisor(s)

Richard Elphick

Major

College of Social Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

My thesis examines how American evangelical movements cope with secular cultural change and communicate what they believe to be the eternal truth of the Christian gospel to ever-changing secular cultures. Using views on the roles of women as a case study doctrinal issue and four case study evangelical movements, I argue that the doctrines and practices of evangelical movements are primarily derived from the gospel and not formed in reaction to secular culture. Postmodernism has challenged this supposition as it has challenged evangelicalism itself, but rather than undermining evangelical Christianity, it has bolstered and refined the faith of its practitioners, of which the "biblical" roles of women is an important part.

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