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Evangelical Christianity is characterised by a belief in Biblical authority and the importance of an individual relationship with God. As the name implies, evangelicalism emphasizes the proselytizing character of Christianity. Evangelicals are moved by Jesus Christ, who lives his risen life within them, to share the gospel with others.

The Evangelical movement began in the 18th Century in England, with Protestant movements such as Methodism, founded by the Anglican Reverend John Wesley and his brother, the hymnalist Charles Wesley.

Evangelism and Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism arose out of Evangelicalism in the early 20th Century, but the two movements are not identical. Evangelicals hold Fundamentalism's five fundamentals to be true, but does not hold them all to be necessary for salvation. An important result of this is that Evangelicals can accept that some Christians may not subscribe to these fundamentals but still be Christians, whereas Fundamentalists cannot. Thus Fundamentalist organisations generally will not work with non-Fundamentalist Christian organisations, whereas Evangelical organisations generally will work with non-Evangelical Christian organisations.

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