Abstract and Keywords
The word “evangelical” transliterates the Greek term euaggelion and the word “gospel” is its translation. It is not without significance that an English, Anglican Calvinist evangelical theologian, J. I. Packer, and an American Wesleyan evangelical theologian, Thomas Oden, teamed up to form an evangelical consensus statement called One Faith, and began with “The Good News: The Heart of the Gospel.” But what is the gospel and how may it be defined? The quest for the precise background to the word “gospel” has been discussed intensely of late, but the most significant context remains the Old Testament. In particular, a text like Isaiah 40-66 was surely at work for Jesus Christ in framing God's saving plan. This article discusses the gospel and the Roman Catholic Church and how seminal theologians articulated the gospel that was expressed in the praxis of Gospel reading and preaching, participation in the Eucharist, and creedal confessions. In particular, it examines the views of Ignatius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Wesley, and Jonathan Edwards. The article also examines the link between the gospel and contemporary evangelicalism.
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