Dr. David P. Gushee

Professor of Christian Ethics

David P. Gushee is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University. Raised in Virginia, he earned his Bachelor of Arts at the College of William and Mary (1984), a Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1987), and a Master of Philosophy (1990) and Doctor of Philosophy (1993) at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Dr. Gushee came to Mercer in 2007 from Union University, where he served for 11 years, ultimately as Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy.

As Distinguished University Professor at Mercer, Dr. Gushee teaches Christian ethics at the McAfee School of Theology and throughout the university. Beyond his work at Mercer, he is the Board Chair of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a senior columnist for Associated Baptist Press, a regular contributor to the editorial page of USA Today, and a contributing editor for Christianity Today. Dr. Gushee also serves as co-chair of the Scriptural/Contextual Ethics Consultation of the American Academy of Religion, on the editorial board and board of directors of the Society of Christian Ethics, on the Church Relations Committee of the United States Holocaust Museum, and on the Christian Ethics Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.

He has published twelve books and many hundreds of essays, book chapters, articles, reviews, and opinion pieces. His books include the award-winning Kingdom Ethics, as well as Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Getting Marriage Right, and Only Human. He was the principal drafter of both the Evangelical Climate Initiative (2006) and the Evangelical Declaration Against Torture (2007).

Currently, Dr. Gushee’s research interests focus on issues emerging at the intersection between Christian faith, ethics, and public policy. He published two books in 2008: The Future of Faith in American Politics (Baylor University Press) and The Scholarly Vocation and the Baptist Academy (Mercer University Press). His next book project, with Eerdmans Press, explores the theological and ethical roots and implications of belief in the sanctity of human life.