One more post on Adrian's comment on: 42: Back on form through atonement. There Adrian wrote:
I don't agree and am going to respond first with a repost (see 42: Unattractive Restoration Confusion):
The "classic" view of what evangelicalism is. From the Evangelical Alliance: What is an Evangelical?.
this historical and theological background, the following five points,
adapted from key studies of the movement by David Bebbington and
Alister McGrath, represent a workable summary of Evangelical
- Biblicism – Through the Scriptures of the Old and
New Testaments, the God who is objectively 'there' has revealed
universal and eternal truth to humankind in such a way that all can
- Christocentrism – God's eternal Word became human in the historical
man Jesus of Nazareth, who definitively reveals God to humanity.
- Crucicentrism – The good news of God's revelation in Christ is seen
supremely in the cross, where atonement was made for people of every
race, tribe and tongue.
- Conversionism – The truth of the eternal gospel must be
appropriated in personal faith, which comes through repentance – that
is, a discernible reorientation of the
sinner's mind and heart towards God.
- Activism – Gospel truth must be demonstrated in evangelism and social service.
Secondly, Adrian's post makes clear that it is entirely deliberate that the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith does not explicitly mention Penal Substitution.
So no I do not think there is anything interesting at all in trying to change the commonly accepted understanding of evangelical in order to fit with Adrian's own view.