Center for Theology and Public Life


Thank you for visiting the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. The Center is led by Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics.  

The Mercer Center for Theology and Public Life (CTPL) promotes public dialogue, research, and constructive solutions related to important public issues to which theology and ethical reflection can make a significant contribution. The CTPL plans, hosts, and supports events that model civic, constructive, and substantive conversation about major issues in public life such as poverty and economic justice, human rights, crime and the death penalty, international peacemaking, biomedical ethics, family and sexuality, church-state relations, national identity, immigration, etc. The CTPL seeks whenever possible to encourage dialogue toward constructive solutions for the common good. 

Invited participants and lecturers include theologians, ethicists, social scientists, policymakers, religious leaders, activists, and others. The CTPL hopes to host lecturers and participants known for their intellectual credibility, fair-mindedness, and capacity to engage in constructive, solution-oriented public dialogue.