\ˌiːvɐnd͡ʒˈɛlɪkə͡l], \ˌiːvɐndʒˈɛlɪkəl], \ˌiː_v_ɐ_n_dʒ_ˈɛ_l_ɪ_k_əl]\
Definitions of EVANGELICAL, EVANGELIC
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Contained in the gospels, or four first books of the New Testament; as, the evangelic history: according to the gospel, or religious truth taught in the New Testament; consonant to the doctrines and precepts of the gospel published by Christ and His apostles; as, evangelical righteousness, obedience, or piety: earnest for the truth taught in the gospel; sound in the doctrines of the gospel; adhering closely to the letter of the gospel; fervent and devout; as, an evangelical preacher: eccles. (a) a term applied to a section in the Protestant churches who profess to base their principles on Scripture alone, and who give special prominence to the doctrines of the corruption of man's nature by the fall, of his regeneration and redemption through our Saviour, and of free and unmerited grace; (b) a term applied in Germany to Protestants as distinguished from Roman Catholics, inasmuch as the former recognize no standard of faith except the writings of the evangelists and other books of the Bible, and more especially to the national Protestant church formed in Prussia in 1817 by a union of the Lutheran and Calvinistic churches.
By Daniel Lyons
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