Recently, a friend was asking me about modern church history. By the time I’d finished explaining bits and pieces of it, I had the broad scheme of Evangelical Christianity over the last century—at least my take on it—scribbled on a scrap of paper.
Discerning that there could be value in graphing the history of modern Evangelical Christianity, I set to work.
Below is what I came up with. I present it here for two reasons:
1) I feel that it has some educational value for those who are interested in learning in this area.
2) I would like feedback on it.
You can enlarge it by clicking on the image and then clicking it again.
Areas of interest
What I find particularly interesting is trying to tie the events of the last decade into the picture of the 20th century. Have I given a fair picture of the composition of the “emerging middle”?
I’m also particularly interested in feedback on whether I’ve been fair and accurate in my approach to Cultural Fundamentalism.
Yet another question is whether I’ve been fair in my definition of Evangelicalism (as represented in the large blue shaded area).
I’m aware of the dangers of trying to encapsulate more than a century of Evangelical history into a single graph. Doing so involves the collation of thousands of variables and historical events using broad simplifications and interpretations.
That’s why I would appreciate feedback on this. Please point out any errors of fact or ways in which you feel the ideas could be more effectively charted.
Grace to you.