Under the general title “Evangelicals in Search of Identity,” Dr. Henry begins in this issue a monthly series of “Footnotes” devoted to the strengths and weaknesses of evangelical Christianity on the present American scene. His observations are written in the mood of his book “The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism,” which appeared shortly before mid-century.—ED.

Twenty-five years ago there were signs that a long-caged lion would break its bars and roar upon the American scene with unsuspected power. The mounting vitality of the evangelical movement baffled the secular press, a press beguiled by ecumenical spokesmen for liberal pluralism to regard conservative Christianity as a fossel-cult destined to early extinction.

While modernist disbelief and neo-orthodox universalism scotched the indispensability of conversion, the Graham evangelistic crusades demonstrated anew the Gospel’s regenerating power. Fuller Theological Seminary in 1947 brought a higher dimension to most evangelical divinity learning. The Evangelical Theological Society at mid-century canopied hundreds of scholars committed to scriptural inerrancy and hoped to shape a theological renaissance. Evangelical books of philosophical and theological power were on the increase—G. C. Berkouwer, J. Oliver Buswell, Gordon Clark, Cornelius Van Til, E. J. Carnell, Bernard Ramm, and others paced the way as J. Gresham Machen had done a half-century earlier—and vigorous symposium and commentary series appeared. The National Association of Evangelicals, founded in 1942, rallied a service constituency of ten million American evangelicals. CHRISTIANITY TODAY united scattered evangelical contributors from all ...

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