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For example, the Times Literary Supplement refers to "the rise and fall of evangelical fervor within the Socialist movement".
Bebbington notes four distinctive aspects of Evangelical faith: conversionism, biblicism, crucicentrism, and activism, noting, "Together they form a quadrilateral of priorities that is the basis of Evangelicalism." Conversionism, or belief in the necessity of being "born again", has been a constant theme of Evangelicalism since its beginnings.
Activism describes the tendency toward active expression and sharing of the gospel in diverse ways that include preaching and social action.
Conversion differentiates the Christian from the non-Christian, and the change in life it leads to is marked by both a rejection of sin and a corresponding personal holiness of life.
The movement has had a long presence in the Anglosphere before spreading beyond it in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Its origins are usually traced to 1738, with various theological streams contributing to its foundation, including English Methodism, the Moravian Church (in particular its bishop Nicolaus Zinzendorf and his community at Herrnhut), and German Lutheran Pietism.
Among Evangelicals, individuals have testified to both sudden and gradual conversions.
Biblicism is reverence for the Bible and a high regard for biblical authority.