When talking to Americans about what religion is like over here, I have to say it is more than Britain being a much more ‘secularised’ country. There are differences in the way Christianity plays out in the two countries. Methodist Conference is a great example.
Looking over the list of Fringe Events at Methodist Conference, I saw a meeting of MET, Methodist Evangelicals Together (the British Methodist version of the Confessing Movement). The guest speaker for this fringe event is the past chair of the Christian Socialist Movement! Bev Thomas (the past chair) also works with Britain’s Evangelical Alliance.
I can just imagine Mark Tooley of the IRD exploding.
American evangelicals would think a Christian Socialist is an oxymoron! The recent debates about universal health care in the United States would demonstrate this, and Evangelicals call President Obama a socialist like they are describing something nasty.
Just goes to show how one can’t really pin down a word like evangelical!