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Only God knows what is going to happen at the next Evangelical Theological Society debate on what it means to call oneself an "evangelical."

Or does He?

The Evangelical Theological Society, meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 15-17, heard papers and plenary sessions on this year's theme, "Israel: Past, Present, and Future." Heated panel discussions and hallway conversations revealed, however, that most minds were focused more on what promises to be a lively debate centering around the next meeting's topic in Denver, "Evangelical Boundaries."

Theologians already were grappling with questions of evangelical identity, including several controversies focused on recent Southern Baptist statements and activities. Conference participants vigorously debated whether God knows the future, whether women can be pastors, and whether explicit faith in Christ is necessary for salvation.

The most controversial was probably the quest...