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David P. Gushee

Mercer University Professor of Christian Ethics; Former President of the American Academy of Religion, Author of "Introducing Christian Ethics"

Mercer University Professor of Christian Ethics; Former President of the American Academy of Religion, Author of "Introducing Christian Ethics"

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David P. Gushee Biography

Dr. David P. Gushee is an ethicist, pastor, author, and advocate. He is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, and Chair of Christian Social Ethics at Vrije Universiteit (“Free University”) Amsterdam, and Senior Research Fellow, International Baptist Theological Study Centre.

Gushee is the elected Past-President of both the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics, signaling his role as one of America's leading Christian ethicists. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than 27 books and over 175 academic book chapters, journal articles, and reviews (see his full academic C.V.). His most recognized works include Introducing Christian Ethics, Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, and The Sacredness of Human Life. With his Changing Our Mind (more than 25,000 sold) and After Evangelicalism, he charts a theological and ethical course for post-evangelical Christians, a course he more personally relates in memoir, Still Christian. Altogether his books have sold over 100,000 copies and been translated into a dozen languages.

Over a full 29-year career, he’s been a devoted teacher and mentor as Professor Gushee to college students, seminarians, and PhD students. He’s also led activist efforts on climate, torture, and LGBTQ inclusion, and continues to be a keynote speaker at churches, forums, and universities. For the general media, Gushee has written hundreds of opinion pieces and given interviews to scores of major outlets and podcasts.

Gushee and his beloved wife Jeanie live in Atlanta. He is a classic novel reader, world traveler, and tennis player, and awaits a call from his beloved Atlanta Braves to resume the baseball career he abandoned in college.

David P. Gushee Speaking Topics

  • Against Christian Authoritarianism, Defending Democracy

    It cannot be taken for granted that Christians will or even should support democratic government. The Bible offers many different paradigms for political rule, none of them democratic. The majority of church history took place in non-democratic eras and cultures. Liberal democracy, with rule-of-law, separation of powers, checks and balances, civil and human rights protections, and so on, is a relatively recent innovation in human history. I am among those who believe liberal democracy needs and deserves full Christian support; but in the US and around the world there is plenty of evidence of Christians being attracted to illiberal democracy or outright undemocratic governance. This talk reflects on this evidence and offers a Christian defense of democracy—using central Christian theological and moral convictions—for these perilous times.

  • The Call for Full LGBTQ Inclusion

    Christian denominations and churches everywhere struggle with the issue of LGBTQ inclusion. With growing scientific evidence, our wider society has taken big steps, but too many religious families and communities have not kept up.

    Gushee offers a powerful, inspiring message of hope and healing by helping Christians to return to Bible study, prayer, and reflection in a way that creates a vision for a more inclusive church.

    Relayed in his book Changing Our Mind, Gushee takes us along a conversational journey, marking out every single component of historic Christian sexual morality. He covers the relevant biblical passages and theological positions, including the key argument of creation. He walks us through a principled discussion that is respectful of traditionalists while calling for inclusion and the end of contempt.

    Gushee offers a way forward for any individual or organization that wants to better contextualize traditional church teachings, which have been and must continue to change.

David P. Gushee Videos

  • AAR Presidential Address | In the Ruins of White Evangelicalism
    David P. Gushee is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer...
  • How the Media Found Religion | Emma Green & David P. Gushee
    Emma Green, staff writer at The Atlantic, and David P. Gushee, President, American Academy of Religion and Distinguished University Professor at...
  • Ending the Teaching of Contempt against the Church's Sexual Minorities
    Dr. David Gushee delivers the keynote address at The Reformation Project conference in Washington, D.C., on November 8, 2014.

David P. Gushee Books

  • After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christianity
    After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christianity
  • Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World
    Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World
  • Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism
    Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism
  • In the Fray: Contesting Christian Public Ethics, 1994-2013
    In the Fray: Contesting Christian Public Ethics, 1994-2013
  • The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World's Future
    The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World's Future
  • A New Evangelical Manifesto: A Kingdom Vision for the Common Good
    A New Evangelical Manifesto: A Kingdom Vision for the Common Good

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David P. Gushee is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Against Christian Authoritarianism, Defending Democracy and The Call for Full LGBTQ Inclusion. The estimated speaking fee range to book David P. Gushee for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. David P. Gushee generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rick Schreiber, Kylie Bisutti, Clayton King, Steve Arterburn and Brad Stine. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David P. Gushee for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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