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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

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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The Moral Dimension of the Ministerial Vocation

By David Gushee | March 23, 2022

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. … Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls and will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with sighing …

The Moral Dimension of the Ministerial Vocation

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Ethicists Without Borders Issues Statement on Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

By David Gushee | March 4, 2022

Ethicists without Borders is a Facebook group spearheaded by the distinguished Christian ethicist Tobias Winright of St. Louis University. This group has just released the statement below. I am a signatory. Note the following elements: This statement calls what is going on by its right name — not vague worries about “the conflict in Ukraine,” …

Ethicists Without Borders Issues Statement on Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

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Health Care Crises Reveal Our Nation’s Character Flaws

By David Gushee | February 21, 2022

This is a column about crises and injustices in the health care system in America. I interpret these crises and injustices as an indictment on the character and the governance of this country. What follows is inspired by hard personal experience but relevant to all who have ears to hear. I make the following five claims: …

Health Care Crises Reveal Our Nation’s Character Flaws

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On the Spiritual Value — and Danger — of our trials

By David Gushee | February 7, 2022

I ended my last post for Baptist News Global, one month ago, with this quote from the 16th century Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross: It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened, you are close to God, your strength, who …

On the Spiritual Value — and Danger — of our trials

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History Shows the View Is Best from the Margins

By David Gushee | January 27, 2022

Friends, today is International Holocaust Memorial Day. The Holocaust must never be forgotten. This was not just an eruption of hatred against the Jews by the Nazi regime. It was a systematic government-sponsored genocide, and one that found willing collaborators all across (Christian) Europe — along with a heroic minority of resisters and rescuers. We …

History Shows the View Is Best from the Margins

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On Radical Acceptance and Crap Sandwiches

By David Gushee | January 10, 2022

I am in the midst of an excruciating period of personal suffering. I am not at liberty to describe what is going on.  Suffice it to say that it is a relational matter; it is awful; I have no idea how long it will last; I have no ability to fix it; and, whenever I think the …

On Radical Acceptance and Crap Sandwiches

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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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