John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is a professor of theology and culture at Regent College. He defines and defends generic evangelicalism in Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism. To David Bebbington’s well-known quadrilateral, he adds George Marsden’s insight about the transdenominational character of evangelicalism. Here is a summary of his view:
- Crucicentric. Evangelicals are Christocentric in their piety and preaching, and emphasize particularly the necessity of Christ’s salvific work on the cross.
- Biblicist. Evangelicals affirm the Bible as God’s Word written, true in what it says and functioning as their supreme written guide for life.
- Conversionist. Evangelicals believe that (1) everyone must trust Jesus as Savior and follow him as Lord; and (2) everyone must cooperate with God in a life of growing spiritual maturity.
- Missional. Evangelicals actively cooperate with God in his mission of redeeming the world and particularly in the proclamation of the gospel and making of disciples.
- Transdenominational. Evangelicals gladly partner with other Christians who hold these concerns, regardless of denominational stripe, in work to advance the kingdom of God.
– Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism (Zondervan)