What Does 'Evangelical' Mean In 2019?

What Does 'Evangelical' Mean In 2019?
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There is no record that political pollsters in ancient Rome even knew that Jesus of Nazareth told a Jewish leader named Nicodemus that he needed to be "born again" in order see the Kingdom of God.

Germans in the Protestant Reformation embraced that "born again" image and called themselves the "evangelisch." Then in 1807, English poet Robert Southey was one of the first writers to turn the adjective "evangelical" – think "evangelical" preaching – into the plural noun "evangelicals." There was no earthquake in European politics.

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