What is an evangelical?
There have been some comments in blogs about evangelicals or by evangelicals or whatever. Although I at least know I am not an evangelical, I'm a bit ignorant on precise definitions of the term 'evangelical'. It seems to me to mean different things to different people. In the UK my impression is that it is mostly used in terms of 'conservative evangelical' to denote someone who believes that what the gospels tell us 'actually happened' or something like that, have a relatively internal view of salvation (i.e. likeminded believers only), and think Bultmann's approach to the gospels is a bit naughty (every time I teach form criticism I get a very negative reaction from some students). Now I know not all those who think of themselves as evangelicals in the UK would not identify themselves with the position I just outlined. There is also what I supposed could loosely be called a more German approach where it is (again correct me if I'm wrong) associated with the Protestant tradition in general and Bultmann would, of course, be perfectly at home here. Reading a couple of the bloggers I suspect that there are a few out there who would be happy to be called evangelicals but would differ over some very key points of theology.
Now, I know I've not mentioned some massive points of theology above but people can say what means what to them.
So, how would you define an evangelical or, perhaps more relevant, an evangelical biblical scholar?