When browsing LutheranCentral's category entitled Statistics, Research and Opinion, you'll find some well known names like George Barna. But recently we have rather enjoyed linking to Pew Research Center - a comprehensive fact and trend reporting center & Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
We found it fascinating that Pew, in their 'Religious Landsdcape ' section, classifies and reports US Lutherans in two very different categories.
- "Evangelical Protestants"
- and one major Lutheran group as simply 'mainline Protestant'.
It made me think. Whats the difference?
If Pew Research, as non-Lutherans, see this distinction perhaps we should take a look. After all, we can learn something from how outsiders see things (what did we learn from the wise men's perspective on Jesus?)
- What would you say is an evangelical Lutheran?
- What does it mean to be 'evangelical'?