I had a helpful moment of self-understanding this week when I came across the phrase "post-Protestant." "Ah ha! That's me!" thought I.
I have always self-identified as evangelical but that is a word with a wide range of meanings and in some contexts is perhaps misleading to use as a word to capture where I am at (even more so in North America).
Perhaps I am evangelical but not Evangelical (as I am catholic but not Catholic and orthodox but not Orthodox).
I am Protestant in so far as I have been spiritually formed within Protestant traditions and still find my ecclesial home there. I am an Anglican and I think that there is a wealth of riches in the spiritualities and theologies of the Reformation (as well as some things I do not like).
But I am not protesting Catholicism. Not at all. There are things within the Catholic tradition that I do not agree with but I don't see them as a major issue and have no particular interest in protesting against them. Indeed, I am increasingly finding much within Catholic theology and spirituality to inspire me. I am getting more and more Catholic as I get older.
I am not post-Protestant in the sense that I want to "get over" the reformation traditions, renounce them, or drop them like a hot rock. I wish to continue to draw on them as a resource.
Perhaps this is why I became an Anglican last year — because Anglicanism stresses the continuity between the church before and after the Reformation. It aspires to be a kind of reformed catholicism and not something other than catholic. (Of course, aspiration is one thing; reality quite another.)
So I think I now know what I am: an orthodox, catholic, evangelical Christian with post-Protestant inclinations.
That's a bit of a gob-full; perhaps I'll just stick with Anglican.