The National Association of Evangelicals, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Limits of Evangelical Cooperation

John G. Stackhouse


This article surveys the histories of two national organizations that purport to represent evangelicalism in their respective countries. These histories demonstrate that there are both important similarities and important differences between these two organizations that reflect characteristics of the evangelicalisms they represent. For example, fundamentalism played a much more important role in the American story than in the Canadian one. John Stackhouse concludes that the NAE and EFC have consistently overstepped their self-descriptions as generically evangelical organizations as they have spoken to a number of particular items of public policy, items upon which their own constituents do not agree, let alone all evangelicals in the United States or Canada. Thus they exemplify continuing problems in the definition of "evangelicalism" on both sides of the border. Mr. Stackhouse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at The University of Manitoba.

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