Reflection: Is Evangelicalism Reformed or Wesleyan? Reopening the Marsden-Dayton Debate

Michael S. Horton


This paper argues that the tendency to regard the evangelicalism as a church and therefore as the primary identity for adherents creates enormous tension and confusion in the process of defining the movement and holding it together. Staking out the positions of Donald Dayton and George Marsden in an effort to determine whether the movement is essentially Reformed or Wesleyan, the essay then moves from analysis to construction. Michael S. Horton is Associate Professor of Apologetics and Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in California.


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