Nick Norelli noted, to my delight, that the working definition of "Evangelical" is becoming so general that we may as well just say "Christian". Amen. Meanwhile, Dan Wallace is getting hundreds of comments about this post on evangelicals vs. liberals in scholarship. Some of Dan's early commenters challenge his "narrow definition" of Christianity. Well.
On the one hand, Academics should respect qualification. Narrow definitions help us communicate more precisely. On the other hand, the definition of who is or isn't a "Christian" should not depend on what doctrines they hold. Just because every bastion of orthodoxy since Nicea has kept boundaries with theology, does not make it right.
This past Sunday - one week after my daughter's recent vocabulary lesson, we asked my son "What is a Christian?" His answer got close. So my brilliant wife asked, "What is a Texan?" Bo immediately caught on and responded with glee. "A Texan is someone who lives in Texas.. so a Christian is someone who lives in Jesus!"
I have never heard a better definition.
So-called Liberals and so-called Evangelicals, ya heard.