The Rev. Dr. David Gushee

Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF)
Organization: McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA

Rev. Dr. David P. Gushee (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York) is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia. One of the premier Christian ethicists in the world, he is the author or editor of over twenty books, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Changing Our Mind, Still Christian, and the forthcoming Moral Leadership for a Divided Age. Dr. Gushee currently serves as President of the American Academy of Religion, and is the immediate Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics. A husband, father, and grandfather, he lives with his family in Atlanta.




Ph.D.      1993     Union Theological Seminary, NY (Christian Ethics)

M.Phil.   1990     Union Theological Seminary, NY (Christian Ethics)

M.Div.   1987      Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

B.A.       1984     College of William and Mary (Phi Beta Kappa)

Major: Religion                        Minor: Sociology



Mercer University, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, 2007-

Union University, University Fellow (recognizing excellence in scholarship), 2006-2007

Union University, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, 2003-2007

Union University, Graves Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy, 1999-2003

Union University, Associate Professor of Christian Studies, 1996-1999

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, 1993-1996



Fundación Universitaria Bautista, Cali, Colombia, October 2012

Carson Newman College, South Africa Travel Course, Summer 2011, 2012

Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary, Kiev, March 2012

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Summer 2010

Morling Baptist Theological College, Sydney, Australia, Summer 2010

Fuller Theological Seminary, Summer 2007, 2009

Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Summer 2007

Evangelical Theological Faculty, Osijek, Croatia, January 2004 and January 2005

Trinity Western University, summer 2000

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, various appointments

Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary), 1991-92

New York Theological Seminary (teaching assistant), 1988-1989



Mercer University, Center for Theology and Public Life, founding director, July 2010-

Union University, Carl F.H. Henry Center for Christian Leadership, Senior Fellow, Feb. 2000-2007

Union University, Center for Christian Leadership, founding director, April 1997-Feb. 2000

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Acting Associate Dean, School of Theology, Acting Director of Professional Studies, August 1995-May 1996


President, American Academy of Religion, November 2017 -

Associate Editor, JAAR Books ("Reading Religion"), November 2017 -

President, Society of Christian Ethics, January 2017- January 2018

Sojourners, Contributing Editor (Board of Directors, 2014-2017)

Board of Advisors, Center for Victims of Torture

Constitution Project, Death Penalty Committee & Detainee Treatment Taskforce member

Family Acceptance Project, Faith Consultant

American Jewish Committee Christian Leadership Initiative, Fellow

Center for Theological Inquiry, Member

Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Religious Ethics, Studies in Christian Ethics, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, multiple book publishers

External Reviewer for Tenure/Promotion, multiple universities

Founder/Lead Teacher, Seeking the Kingdom class, First Baptist Church, Decatur GA (2007-2017)

Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Decatur, GA (2015-2017)



Blogger/Columnist, Religion News Service (2014-2017)

National Latino Evangelical Coalition, member National Advisory Committee

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust

Society of Christian Ethics, Board of Directors, JSCE Editorial Board, Evangelical Ethics Group Leader

American Academy of Religion, Co-Chair, Scriptural/Contextual Ethics Group

Baptist World Alliance, Ethics Study Commission, officer and member

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Theologian in Residence

Faith in Public Life, Compassion Forum & Georgia Faith Forum Board member

Co-Founder and Chair of Board, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good

Founder and President, Evangelicals for Human Rights

Board of Advisors, Two Futures Project

Columnist and Contributing Editor, Christianity Today

Come Let Us Reason Together Leadership Team

Steering Committee and Author, Evangelical Project on Public Engagement, National Association of Evangelicals

Fellow, Wilberforce Forum, Prison Fellowship Ministries

Center for Public Justice, Advisory Council, Civitas Program

Participant, Harvard-NAE Initiative on the Care of Creation

Envision Panel of Scholars

Micah Institute, Board of Directors

Interim Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Humboldt, TN

Pastoral Leadership Team, Northbrook Church, Jackson, TN

Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), Director, Crossroads Program, Magazine Editor

Council on Peacemaking (Louisville), Church Liaison

St. Matthews Baptist Church, Youth Minister

Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Youth Director



Ordained to Christian Ministry, Walnut Hills Baptist Church (Williamsburg, Virginia), 1987



Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen Who Dared to Change the World. Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming 2018.



(23) Still Christian. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2017.

(22) Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context, 2nd edition. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2016

(21) Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends: From Faith to Fear in Unsettled Times. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2016.

(20) Evangelical Ethics (Library of Theological Ethics). Editor, with Isaac B. Sharp. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015.

(19) Changing Our Mind: A call from America's leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the church. Canton, MI: Read the Spirit Books, 2014. (Third Edition, 2017)

(18) In the Fray: Contesting Christian Public Ethics, 1994-2013. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014.

(17) Evangelical Peacemakers: Gospel Engagement in a War-Torn World. Editor/Contributor. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013.

(16) Glen Harold Stassen: Baptist Peacemaker, Global Christian Ethicist (Festschrift), Co-Editor/Contributor, with Reggie L. Williams. Perspectives in Religious Studies 40, no. 2 (Summer 2013). "Editorial Introduction" (101-108); "An Interpretation of the Christian Ethics of Glen Harold Stassen" (181-193).

(15) The Sacredness of Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Idea is the Key to the World's Future. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. [Nominated for Grawemeyer Award; winner, Georgia Author of the Year Award.]

(14) Yours is the Day, Lord, Yours is the Night, with Jeanie Gushee. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012.

(13) A New Evangelical Manifesto: A Kingdom Vision for the Common Good. Editor/Contributor. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2012.

(12) Religious Faith, Torture, and Our National Soul. Co-editor and Contributor, with Jillian Hickman Zimmer and J. Drew Zimmer. Macon: Mercer, 2010.

(11) The Scholarly Vocation and the Baptist Academy. Co-editor and Contributor, with Roger Ward. Macon: Mercer, 2008.

(10) The Future of Faith in American Politics: The Public Witness of the Evangelical Center. Waco: Baylor, 2008.

(9) Only Human: Christian Reflections on the Journey toward Wholeness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005. [First book in my Enduring Issues in Christian Life series.]

(8) Getting Marriage Right: Realistic Counsel for Saving and Strengthening Marriages. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.

(7) Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context, with Glen H. Stassen. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 2003. Translations: Japanese, Bulgarian, Spanish, Indonesian, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Finnish. Excerpt anthologized in Living Ethics, edited by Michael Minch and Christine Weigel. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2009.

(6) Christians and Politics Beyond the Culture Wars: From Despair to Mission. Editor/Contributor.    Grand           Rapids: Baker, 2000.

(5) Toward a Just and Caring Society: Christian Responses to Poverty in America. Editor/Contributor. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999.

(4) The Future of Christian Higher Education. Co-Editor and Contributor, with David S. Dockery. Broadman & Holman, 1999.

(3) A Bolder Pulpit: Reclaiming the Moral Dimension of Preaching, with Robert H. Long. Valley Forge:             Judson Press, 1998.

(2) Preparing for Christian Ministry: An Evangelical Approach. Co-edited with Walter Jackson. Grand             Rapids: Baker, 1996.

(1) The Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust: A Christian Interpretation. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1994. German Translation: Die Gerechten Des Holocaust: Warum nur wenige Christen den Juden halfen. Wuppertal: One Way Verlag, 1997 .  Second Edition : Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust: Genocide and Moral Obligation. St. Paul, Paragon House, 2003.


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Justice Denied—Except from the God of Love

Tuesday April 23, 2024
In this world, the poor, the ravaged, the humiliated ones are left on the outside. But in the justice of God, the poor and afflicted, the ravaged and humiliated shall be welcomed. In their pride and in their prejudice, human beings (even religious people; perhaps especially religious people) devote so very much energy to judging and excluding people like dark-skinned Ethiopians, the disabled and the different, the poor and the homeless. But God does not see people the way that we do, and so, the psalmist is sure that all those who seek shall praise God and find God's welcome.