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Evangelical 

During the intra-Protestant controversies in Germany and Switzerland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Lutherans were called evangelical and Calvinists were called reformed. The Evangelical Church is the official name of the church formed in Germany by the union of Lutherans and Calvinists. In England a movement in the eighteenth century formed under the leadership of John and Charles Wesley and George Whitfield was called indiscriminately "methodist" or "evangelical." English evangelical teaching was characterized by emphasis on atoning sanctification and marked by "enthusiasm." Evangelicals who remained within the Church of England formed an evangelical or low church party, often at odds with the Laudian, catholic, or high church party. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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