David Gushee: “There’s an awful lot of suffering going on”
Eliel Cruz |Feb 9, 2015 |
Photo Courtesy of Dr. David Gushee
David Gushee, University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, Atlanta & Macon, Georgia , shocked evangelicals by announcing he would now stand in solidarity with LGBT people. But what got him to this point?
Last October, he released Changing Our Mind; a compilation of essays that delineates how he arrived at his affirming stance. I met with Gushee to talk about his experience, the book, and his plans for working in the LGBT Christian conversation.
EC: What was the defining moment where your theology on LGBT people shifted?
DG: It’s been a process. In Changing our Mind I point to one particular experience. In January of 2013, I was at a high level evangelical up-and-coming leaders meeting. The conversation was not supposed to be about LGBT issues but you can’t get in any group without these issues coming up.
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