is a term used to describe those who are part of the Christian evangelical
movement in the United States
but who generally function on the left wing of that movement, either politically or theologically, or both. While the evangelical left
movement is related to the better known Christian left
, those who are part of the latter movement are not always viewed as evangelical.
Typically, members of the evangelical left affirm the primary tenets of evangelical theology, such as the doctrines of Incarnation, atonement, and resurrection, and also see the Bible as a primary authority for the Church. Unlike many evangelicals, however, the evangelical left supports what are often considered "liberal" or "left wing" political policies. They are often, for example, opposed to capital punishment and supportive of gun control. In many cases, they are pacifist or pacifist-oriented. They also often support and utilize modern Biblical criticism, whereas some other evangelicals reject it.
While members of the evangelical left chiefly reside in mainline denominations, they are often heavily influenced by the Anabaptist social tradition.
Groups and publications
- Erickson, Millard, The Evangelical Left: Encountering Postconservative Evangelical Theology (ISBN 0-8010-2140-5)
- Hauerwas, Stanley & William Willimon, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony (ISBN 0-687-36159-1)
- Wallis, Jim, God's Politics : Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It (ISBN 0-06-055828-8)