If indeed an evangelical is a fundamentalist who dresses up for Halloween, a definition I accept with eagerness, we can expand on the list already given to further clarify what we have in common and what still divides us:
- an evangelical in the Van Til (presuppositionalist) tradition: kids dress up as obscure Reformation characters, but refuse to explain to “outsiders” who they are since the outsider would need a Biblical world view to understand.
-an evangelical in the Mars Hill tradition: kids dress up as witches in order to explain appropriating cultural icons to the gospel.
-an evangelical in the Moreland tradition: kids dress up as Aquinas, but explain that even Catholics don’t think he was right about everything.
- an evangelical and young earth creationist: kids dress up as old people and argue for “appearance of age.”
-an evangelical and old earth creationist: kids dress up as a fossil animal suffering horrific death before sin, but feel better about the age of the earth problem.
-an evangelical and intelligent design theorist: kids dress up as scientists and get sued by ACLU because they are not.
-an evangelical and theistic evolutionist: kids dress up as Darwin and get mad if you ask who they are.
Campus Crusade evangelical: has four kids who dress up as Biblical characters and give students candy. Loses major donor support when Facebook pictures reveal Halloween celebration.
InterVarsity evangelical: knows that when she has a child they will be thoughtful in their choice of characters, if he or she chooses to be one. Gains donor support for thoughtful Twitter account of actions of future children.