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Distinguished University Professor Dr. David Gushee Joins
The Washington Post’s ‘On Faith’ Team of Contributors

May 14, 2010

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Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, has joined the stable of contributors for The Washington Post’s coverage of religion through its “On Faith” Web site.
Dr. Gushee, who also writes for Associated Baptist Press and the Huffington Post, will join a set of Washington Post “On Faith” contributors that includes Martin Marty, Cal Thomas, Arthur Waskow, Susan Jacoby and Brent Walker. The “On Faith” Web site is moderated by Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and The Washington Post’s Sally Quinn.

Dr. Gushee’s academic publishing career began with his doctoral study of Christian behavior in Europe during the Holocaust, which was published in 1994 as The Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust. Also translated into German, the book has remained continuously in print and is recognized as an authoritative treatment of the rescuer behavior and motivations. In recognition of his work on the Holocaust, in 2008 he was named to the Committee on Church Relations and the Holocaust of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He will teach a course at the museum this summer for college and seminary faculty.

Overall, Dr. Gushee has written or co-written, edited or co-edited 12 books, and has published hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, book chapters, and reviews in most significant venues related to his field. His work has focused especially in the areas of social ethics, Christian engagement in the public square, and Christian higher education. His newest book is Religious Faith, Torture, and Our National Soul, co-edited with his students Jill and Drew Zimmer, released in March 2010 by Mercer University Press.

In the fall, Dr. Gushee will launch Mercer’s Center for Theology and Public Life, which will hold events on the Macon and Atlanta campuses each year focused on discussing current controversies from a sound theological and ethical perspective.

Dr. Gushee, who joined the Mercer faculty in 2007, earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York.