Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism
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...more
This is a fairly quick read. I finished it in less than 24 hours. It’s a short memoir because it stays focused on a very specific topic of Evangelicalism through the lens of Gushee’s life. He does give us a brief overview of how exactly Evangelicalism in the US came to be (rebranding “fundamentalism”, coopted by the pol ...more
I have had a strong desire to read this book because it is written by a theologians and scholar--someone who has studied and taught ...more
Consequently, I found ...more
Gushee joins the Southern Baptist Convention during its period of a major split between moderates and conservatives/fundamentalists beginning in the late 1970's. And fo ...more
Gushee has been through a number of battles within Evangelicalism. From the battles within SBC in the 80s and 90s to ethical fights over torture and the environment in the 2000s to his recent movement on LGBT issues, Gushee has been in the culture wars. This book is part of his resignation.
I am not where ...more
His journey took him to Baptist seminaries and colleges, but his journey with Christ took him to the world of Christian ethics. Sadly, the story he tells makes it seem like ethics and evangelicalism do not go well together: " ...more
After a quick read through David Gushee's autobiographical search of a home for his particular Christian views, I can understand why it resonates with liberal Christians and some former- and non-Christians. While I do not agree with some of the author's positions, I give him credit for raising his voice to provide a viewpoint that often gets lost in the rhetoric surrounding members of the Southern Baptist ...more
I also found it refreshing that he was still kind in how he wrote ab ...more
This book tells a personal story of the author’s journey into SBC and exit from SBC. It is a difficult read for any person who values Baptist heritage.
I was saddened by this recent news gives me hope that commitment to freedom of conscience and respect ...more
Still Christian is the inside story of one person’s move from Catholicism to fundamentalism to net-evangelicalism to his present position ...more
This was a very interesting book especially from someone who lives outside of the U.S.A. I'm familiar with the labels of 'religious right' and 'evangelical fundamentalists' but I didn't really know what these labels really entailed and the connection to politics.
Through this memoir David Gushee unpacks how he become involved with these groups, althoug ...more
Most of the book is about Gushee himself and his life as a Baptist professor and leader. I was not familiar with who Gushee was, but looked him up after reading the book which gave a bit more insight. As a professor, he faced a wide variety of situations and felt safe being part of the Baptist community.
The shift happens as the churc ...more
Growing in an Evangelical faith, I totally understood where and what Gushee was describing. Even tho my childhood faith was not Southern Baptist; it was a part of the larger Religious Right and Evangelicals he refers to. I grew up speaking this “language” and this was probably the first opportunity I had to read someone who was talking about the faith from a once removed ...more
I grew up as a Southern Baptist but what ...more
His stories, as Gushee explains, “are not the disillusioned storie ...more
Gushee's rising status in the evangelical community came to an abrupt halt in 2014 when he publicly declared support for inclusion for the LGBT community and experi ...more