An Evangelical? Left or Right Evangelical?
Michael Bird exercised some ethnicity categorization within the 'Reformed Evangelical'. He listed 8 characteristics of a group that think themselves as 'Reformed':
(1) They are more excited about all the things that they are against than anything that they are for;It would be interesting if Bird give some names. But he knows it's dangerous to be politically incorrect. If he did, he will have to skip some of his classes just to respond to critics.
(2) They preach justification by faith, but in actuality practice justification by polemics;
(3) They appear to believe in the inerrancy of a confession over the suffiency of the gospel;
(4) They believe in the doctrines of grace, but do not treat others with grace;
(5) They believe that unity is overrated;
(6) They like doctrines about Jesus more than Jesus himself (and always defer to the Epistles over the Gospels);
(7) mission means importing their debates and factions to other churches; and
(8) The word "adiaphora" is considered an almost expletive.
On the other hand, John Stackhouse from Regent College, was asking when is a conservative Evangelical not conservative. In the post, he highlighted something interesting about F.F. Bruce, who is regarded as the 'dean of Evangelical Biblical scholars':
The late, great New Testament scholar F. F. Bruce refused to call himself a “conservative evangelical,” because he wanted to follow the Bible wherever it led, whether it confirmed “conservative” opinion or not.That tempted me to refused to call myself "conservative Christian", as I want to follow wherever the on-going discovery of God and the stuffs in his world.
If you ask me whether do I care to see myself as an 'Evangelical', honestly, that doesn't bother. Neither should it on you. Our social identity is sealed in someone more profound than demographic labels, right?