Episode #277

After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christianity

Guest: David Gushee

Series: Crackers and Grape Juice

Host: Jason Micheli

September 25, 2020

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“What the word evangelical has come to mean in America circa 2020, such that a majority of Americans say “yuck” when they hear the word, is politically and socially conservative Republicans who have confused the policies of the Republican Party and now Donald Trump with Christian faith in conjunction with a heavily white, male movement of cultural reactionaries– that’s a mighty long way from Luther.”

Our guest today is David Gushee, whose new book is “After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christianity.”

Dr. David P. Gushee (BA, College of William & Mary; Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy, Union Theological Seminary in New York) is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, where he has served for eleven years. 

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Christian ethicists, he is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 25 books and approximately 150 book chapters, journal articles, and reviews. His most notable books include Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Still Christian, Moral Leadership for a Divided Age, and the new After Evangelicalism.

Dr. Gushee was elected by his peers to serve as President of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics, a very rare combination for any religion scholar.

A devoted teacher, Professor Gushee offers courses to seminary students at Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology, and to college students in Macon. Over a busy 27-year career, he has written opinion pieces or given interviews to almost all major national and religion media outlets in the United States and many around the world. He has also been heavily involved in numerous activist efforts for peace, justice, human dignity, and the integrity of God’s creation, most notably in addressing torture, climate change, and the continued harm being inflicted on LGBTQ persons by Christian churches and families.

Along with his friend Jeremy Hall, David runs a popular podcast called “Kingdom Ethics.”

Dr. Gushee and his beloved wife Jeanie live in Atlanta, where they are happily surrounded by four generations of family members, including his father, sister, three children, and two grandchildren.

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