Reese Elizabeth Angel
Evangelical Christians are conservatives—culturally, economically and theologically. Sometimes the term "evangelical" is loosely used to differentiate Protestant conservatism from Protestant liberalism, but evangelical Christianity has specific characteristics that set it apart in the Christian community.
Evangelicalism, Evangelical Christianity, orEvangelical Protestantism is a worldwide, transdenominational movement within Protestant Christianity maintaining that the essence of the gospel consists in the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ's atonement.
Evangelical Christianity in the 18th century represented something new but not in the sense of a creation out of nothing. There were very strong tributaries that led into early evangelicalism. Of those tributaries, three were most important. The Anglican background as a form of Reformation Protestantism was critical, particularly the four movements within Anglicanism that had stressed the value of small groups meeting together to encourage people in ethical living. These reforming societies were sponsored and defended quite strongly by John Wesley's father. It's that movement out of which the Wesleys themselves emerged