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David P. GusheE


David P. GusheE

Dr. David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. Widely regarded as one of the leading moral voices in American Christianity, he is the author or editor of 21 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the HolocaustThe Sacredness of Human Life, and, most recently, Changing Our Mind, Kingdom Ethics (with a new 2nd edition coming June 2016), and Evangelical Ethics: A Reader. His next book, aiming to help Christians think about American public life, is called Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends. It will be out in Fall 2016.

Dr. Gushee is the recently elected Vice-President of the American Academy of Religion and President-Elect of the Society of Christian Ethics. 

Dr. Gushee, his beloved wife Jeanie, and their regal cat Noah live in Atlanta, Georgia, where they eagerly await visits from their grown children Holly (with her husband Jonathan), David, and Marie and their grandson Jonah. An ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Gushee and his wife attend First Baptist Church in Decatur, where he teaches a weekly Sunday School class, as well as Holy Cross Catholic Church. David is a long-time Atlanta Braves fan and, at 53, still very much enjoys competing with his students and colleagues on the tennis court.

Dr. Gushee has always accompanied his scholarly production with church work (First Baptist Church, Decatur), activism (human rights, creation care, LGBT acceptance), opinion writing (Religion News Service,Washington Post, Huffington Post, Baptist News Global), board service (Center for Victims of Torture, Sojourners), and domestic and global media consultation. He has lectured on 6 continents, with endowed lectures scheduled in New Zealand and Holland in 2015.

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I will seek to stand in solidarity with you who have suffered the lash of countless Christian rejections. I will be your ally in every way I know how to be.
— Dr. David Gushee: “Ending the Teaching of Contempt against the Church’s Sexual Minorities” at The Reformation Project
I hope to not be a bystander to others’ suffering; not allow any group to be excluded from Christ’s fellowship; and not permit the denigration of the sacred worth of any human person or group.
— Dr. David Gushee