Dr. David P.
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 Holocaust, The Sacredness of Human Life, Changing
Our Mind, Kingdom Ethics, Evangelical Ethics: A Reader and Letter
to My Anxious Christian Friends.
Dr. Gushee is
the 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, where they eagerly await visits from their grown children Holly (with her husband Jonathan), David and Marie, and their grandson Jonah. Dr. Gushee, an ordained Baptist Minister, attends First Baptist Church in Decatur with his wife, where he teaches a weekly Sunday School class; they also attend Holy Cross Catholic Church. David is a long-time Atlanta Braves fan, and still very much enjoys competing with his students and colleagues on the tennis court.
In this provocative tell-all, David Gushee gives an insider’s look at the frictions and schisms of evangelical Christianity, based on his experiences that began with becoming a born-again Southern Baptist in 1978 to being kicked out of evangelicalism in 2014 for his stance on LGBT inclusion in the church. But Gushee’s religious pilgrimage proves even broader than that, as he leads his reader through his childhood experiences in Roman Catholicism, his difficult days at the liberal Union Seminary in New York, his encounters with the Christian Right, and more. In telling his story, Gushee speaks to the cultural divisions of a generation, as well as of today, and to those who have themselves been disillusioned by many battles within American Christianity. As he describes his own struggles to find the right path at different stages of his journey, he highlights the turning points and decisions that we all face. When do we compromise, and when we do we stand our ground? Is holding to moral conviction worth sacrificing friendship, jobs, and security? As he takes us through his sometimes-amusing, sometimes-heartbreaking, and always-stirring journey, Gushee shows us that we can retain our faith in Christ even when Christians disappoint us.