Syndicate Theology has organized an important symposium on the topic of "Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism" influenced by Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism edited by Christopher M. Hays and Christopher B. Ansberry (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013). There has been an introduction from Chris Tilling ("Symposium Introduction") and an entry from Kenton Sparks ("Welcome to the Conversation") posted online already with contributions from Asleigh Esler, Sarah Whittle, Stephen Fowl, and David Crump due over the next several days. I read Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism back in 2013 (I received my version via London based SPCK). I wrote a positive reflection on it for my old biblioblog and it was my "book of the year" for 2013. It is still a book toward which I have a fond attitude because it began to address a problem faced by many such as myself.
"Evangelical" remains a hotly contested label. More and more I see my contemporaries proudly denouncing any affiliation with E/evangelicalism. While I share their angst I've been less incline to follow their example for two reasons: (1) I don't know that I know what "E/evangelical" means at this juncture in history and (2) I fear that if all so-called "progressive" types decide that "E/evangelical" isn't a label for them that this means those who have been claiming that "E/evangelicalism" is more narrow, small tent, will be proven correct, by default. That said, I am a member of the United Methodist Church (a mainline denomination with an E/evangelical element) and since moving to Texas most of my interactions with other Christians have been with those in the mainline, most specifically Episcopalians, Methodists, and Presbyterians, as well as a year or so spent around Anabaptist-Mennonites (another group with both strongly conservative and liberal elements). The MC (USA), EC, UMC, and PC (USA) are a world away from my days around sectarian Pentecostals and then conservative, independent Evangelicals (often with a Baptist-flavor). I wonder whether I've "accidentally" found myself outside of E/evangelicalism or whether I am an E/evangelical of a different stripe. I don't know. I like the idea behind Evangelicalism: unity around the Gospel as a message (rather than Roman Catholicism's unity around the Gospel as interpreted by the papacy or Orthodoxy's unity around the Gospel as filtered by their episcopate, for example), but I realize E/evangelicalism is, for the most part, a uniquely (often white, male led) North American ecclesial phenomenon so that it may be more of a social or economic partnership than an actual theological one as is often claimed.
But there are many E/evangelicals with whom I resonate, and there are several E/evangelical institutions with which I would be happy to associate myself, so I don't know. Maybe I'm just a Methodist now, and Methodists tend to have both progressive and conservative elements, which explains my affiliation? I do know that we need symposiums like this one. It helps us see whether or not E/evangelicalism is "big tent" or "small tent", whether it can include progressive Mainliners or whether it should be limited to those types who are forming "coalitions" led by prominent gatekeepers.