How does Evangelicalism differ between the UK and the US? The Mere Fidelity crew is perfectly situated to address this question from personal experience and expertise. Andrew Wilson joins this episode to round out the full complement. The two Brits and the two Yanks discuss how the profit incentive affects Christian writing for good and for bad, the effect that a state church has on excellence, how controversies are handled differently, and much more.

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Differences between US and UK Evangelicalism [3:05]

No one says Collin Hansen is a Marxist [8:29]

N.T. Wright’s & C.S. Lewis’ popularity [10:08]

C.S. Lewis tourism [11:53]

Institutionalism in the UK [13:14]

The profit incentive in Christian writing [14:14]

Lack of political force [25:02]

The best elements of evangelicalism are British-influenced [25:42]

Shocking revelation of Matt’s birthplace [26:57]

The source of strength and weakness in UK evangelicalism [27:55]

The effects of the state church [35:04]

Size difference [36:24]

Institutionalism and homogeneity [37:30]

The next British invasion [40:05]

New limited Patreon reward [41:48]

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  1. Thanks for this conversation from a US/UK dual citizen (I’ve actually sworn fealty to the queen!). It’s obvious there are a lot of differences, and it’s helpful to have them articulated. I’d love to hear more about what we can learn from one another in terms of on-the-ground discipleship (especially about the comments about the lack of Biblical knowledge/training on the UK side). Also – education: it is nothing short of miraculous that there are three other Christian home educating families in my area of the UK – the C of E schools have an impact on that.


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