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Finding Protoevangelical Faith: A Summary of Four Ethnographic Studies

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This article presents a summary of the findings from four ethnographic studies of postevangelical groups interpreting and applying the theology and praxis of Dr. Dallas Willard. Willard’s works have become increasingly attractive to emerging generations of so called “postevangelical” Christians protesting the perceived excesses and hegemony of mainstream evangelical religion in the United States. Willardian theology is seen as providing a positive alternative to contemporary versions of evangelicalism. For increasing numbers of disaffected evangelicals with postmodern sensibilities, Willard’s “protoevangelical” vision offers a more robust doctrine of God, a return to the primacy of discipleship to Christ, and the experience of a holistic and integrated life in the Kingdom of God.

Affiliations: 1: Azusa Pacific University,


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