In a wide sense, loyalty to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In various hist. contexts the term has taken on more specific meanings. Moravianism (see Moravian Church), Pietism,* and federal* theol. preceded the founding of Eng. Evangelicalism by C. and J. Wesley* and G. Whitefield.* Adherents of Evangelicalism are called Evangelicals.* See also Evangelical.
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