quote of the day on evangelicalism (updated)

Given all the talk in recent years about the uncertainty of what it even means to be evangelical, see if you can guess the author of the quote and when it was made:

The religious terrain is full of the graves of good words which have died from lack of care…. and these good words are still dying all around us.  There is that good word “Evangelical.”  It is certainly moribund, if not already dead.  Nobody any longer seems to know what it means.

I’ll give one hint, it wasn’t made recently or in recent years.  I just find it interesting given, as I noted, the recent talk about the lack of meaning in evangelical.   What do you think?


Fr Robert guessed it as I think Henry did too – the quote is from B.B. Warfield from 1919 and is quoted in Fred Sander’s recent book on the Trinity (The Deep Things of God, Crossway, 2010).  So, even at the turn of the century when the term was coined, no one really knew what it was to be evangelical – so it is not a new debate.