A growing suspicion has been creeping up on me over the last few days…
Evangelicalism is middle-class with its desires and values and structures. Seen in its professional clergy, reliance on knowledge, “family church” structures and busy programmes.
Pentecostalism (and some parts of the Charismatic movement) is working class (with its inclusive, grass-roots and sometimes anti-intellectualism)
Liberalism is elitist with its highly intellectual academics and convoluted theories of history and biblical studies.
Mainline traditionalism (in South African this can have a liberal, charismatic or evangelical flavour) thrives in pre-modern settings (or non-modern) settings with its regularity, ordered rituals and sense of belonging to something bigger.
The Charismatic movement has its greatest appeal among post-moderns, with its tendency towards personal experience, hyped-up music and reliance on feelings.
DISCLAIMER: I know that these are broad and sweeping statements and cannot be universally true.
BUT: is there some general sense of truth here? Do these perceptions ring true for you?