Timothy George | Why I Am an Evangelical and a Baptist
Dr. Timothy George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School since its inception in 1988. He recently contributed a chapter entitled “Why I Am an Evangelical and a Baptist” to the book Why We Belong: Evangelical Unity and Denominational Diversity (Crossway, 2013). Showing how denominational affiliation can be natural without being negative and how evangelical identity can help rather than hinder Christian unity, Why We Belong explains both the personal and doctrinal reasons each of the contributors fits not only in their church, but also in the Church.
“Evangelicalism seeks to return to the New Testament to restore, to renew the Church in the way that Jesus Christ intended it to be. It presupposes some things have gotten off track along the way and that we need this kind of renewal. But, it is never the intention of evangelicals, and certainly [not] the Reformers, on whose shoulders we all stand, to start a brand new church from scratch. They wanted to restore, to renew the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, as they said, and they therefore set about to return to the Scriptures, to return to the historic Trinitarian faith of the early Church—that’s what they were about. And, I think evangelicalism continues that emphasis in a different era, in a different way, even to this very present moment.”