Dr. David P. Gushee

Ethicist, Pastor, Author, Advocate

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Foreword by Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, On Sale 2/28/22

As a leading Christian ethicist, Dr. David P. Gushee takes his many years of teaching and experience to offer a fresh vision of the Christian moral life for today's turbulent world. With twenty-five, easy-to-digest chapters, plus audio and video versions that readers can access from links in each chapter, Introducing Christian Ethics offers is written for seminary students, educators, pastors, small groups, and Christians everywhere,

“A comprehensive one-stop manual on what it means to live Christianly.”
Peter Enns, author of The Bible Tells Me So and co-host of "The Bible for Normal People"

Listen to a sample of the audio and read a sample chapter in the link below.

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10 Reasons Why I Changed My Mind book

When Christianity Becomes Toxic ‘Christianism’

By David Gushee | July 29, 2022

Many people appear baffled about the hard-right turn in U.S. conservative religion. It’s not just a turn to politics, or to hard-right politics, that is problematic. It is the apparent amorality, the cruelty, bigotry and snarling spirit that is so impossible to reconcile with the Spirit of Christ. It’s the nasty cast of characters who are …

When Christianity Becomes Toxic ‘Christianism’

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Moving from Trauma to Action

By David Gushee | July 11, 2022

I was talking with someone very close to me recently who said something important I want to share: Our country has so many things going wrong, so many things really to feel ashamed about in a way, that it seems like on an average day I have two choices: either think about those things and then …

Moving from Trauma to Action

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The French Dreyfus Affair and Trump’s Big Lie

By David Gushee | June 24, 2022

We are witnessing an extraordinarily disturbing juxtaposition in U.S. politics right now. In Washington, the January 6 Committee, primarily using testimony from Republicans and former Trump administration officials, is once again shredding Donald Trump’s Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him, meanwhile revealing the extent and damage of Trump’s desperate, likely criminal attempt …

The French Dreyfus Affair and Trump’s Big Lie

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Is ‘Fascism’ the Right Name for the Trumpist Hard Right in America?

By David Gushee | June 15, 2022

Long after it seemed dead and buried with Mussolini and Hitler, the term “fascism” has been making a comeback — not as the self-description of authoritarian politicians and parties, but as an epithet applied by their enemies, or as an analytical category applied by scholars. It is not uncommon, for example, for leaders ranging from Vladimir …

Is ‘Fascism’ the Right Name for the Trumpist Hard Right in America?

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On Another Classroom Full of Murdered Children

By David Gushee | May 27, 2022

Tuesday afternoon, May 24: My focus was the Republican primaries in my home state of Georgia. Donald Trump, in his continued efforts to protest the lost 2020 election and make sure he can never lose another one, had put up two toadies — David Perdue and Jody Hice — to challenge Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and …

On Another Classroom Full of Murdered Children

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Southern Baptists, Sex Abuse, and Systemic Evil

By David Gushee | May 24, 2022

Having abandoned the denomination in which I was converted over forty years ago, I am not a part of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), whose moral credibility has just been torn to shreds by the devastating Guidepost Solutions report on twenty years of SBC Executive Committee (EC) mishandling of sexual abuse allegations in SBC churches. But I …

Southern Baptists, Sex Abuse, and Systemic Evil

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Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions

By David Gushee | May 18, 2022

In 2015, highly esteemed Princeton political philosopher Michael Walzer published The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions. The title itself immediately arrested me, as it crystallized a current intuition of mine. I believe the United States and several other countries are currently experiencing religious counterrevolutions to the cultural and moral (often labeled “secular”) revolutions that …

Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions

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Changing Our Mind, 25,000 Sales Later

By David Gushee | April 22, 2022

I learned this week that sales of my 2014 book Changing Our Mind are just about to cross 25,000, apparently very rare in the book business. This becomes the occasion for my column this week. Long-time readers of Baptist News Global will remember that this book originated as a series of posts on this site beginning in the summer of 2014. …

Changing Our Mind, 25,000 Sales Later

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Ukraine’s Just War

By David Gushee | April 11, 2022

At one level, the Christian debate about the morality of war is ancient and timeless. Juxtaposed against the ubiquitous warfare of human history stands Jesus Christ, who taught enemy-love, nonretaliation and peacemaking, and went to his death on the Cross without defending himself. Anyone who takes the Gospel accounts of Jesus at all seriously must be …

Ukraine’s Just War

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Speaking on Christian Ethics

Dr. Gushee speaks to a wide range of audiences and organizations, including churches, universities, special forums, podcasts and the media. He can speak to the issues of the day by offering a principled and everyday level perspective that informs and inspires.

After Evangelicalism Group Study Guide

Millions are getting lost in the evangelical maze: inerrancy, indifference to the environment, deterministic Calvinism, purity culture, racism, LGBTQ discrimination, male dominance, and Christian nationalism. As one of America’s leading academics speaking to the issues of religion today, David Gushee’s After Evangelicalism offers a clear assessment and a new way forward for disillusioned post-evangelicals.

David Gushee’s work in [Changing Our Mind] stands to be of pivotal importance in reframing the LGBTQ dialogue in the church, and in reclaiming the church’s moral authority for a new generation. 

—Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian

Kingdom Ethics is arguably the most significant and comprehensive Christian ethics textbook of our time.”
— Michelle A. Clifton-Soderstrom, North Park Theological Seminary

“Anyone who wants to know what a Christian ethicist is and does can begin [with Still Christian], with the compelling account of how one man makes life-bending decisions about things that matter, without ever losing faith in the tender Jesus who has hold of his soul.”

Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Leaving Church and Learning to Walk in the Dark

"David Gushee is one of the best Christian ethicists alive today. "

Shane Claiborne, speaker, activist, and author of Executing Grace

"Thinking about Christianity after evangelicalism is neither trendy, alarmist, nor faithless, but rather it carves out a needed path forward for those millions of exvangelicals who have found the movement that birthed them to be irrelevant, traumatic, and even abhorrent and are seeking a place to land. Few have earned the right to speak to this topic with such prophetic clarity and practical insight, not to mention approachable writing style, as David Gushee."

Peter Enns, author of How the Bible Actually Works

About David 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, and Chair of Christian Social Ethics Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/IBTS.

Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, he is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of more than 25 books and approximately 175 book chapters, journal articles, and reviews. 

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