Public Engagement

Public engagement is an essential part of Christian Ethics. Dr. Gushee cares deeply about issues like human rights and torture, LGBTQ rights, evangelical-progressive dialogue, nuclear disarmament, and more. You can find a full list of his interests as well as the latest news on his activism here.

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CTPL Student Publications


Reviving the Edenic Imagination: Deconstructing Anthropocentric Hermeneutics

Jeremy Ball

 March 2020 


     When examining the present state of the world that humans inhabit, it does not take much discernment to realize, from an ecological standpoint, something is terribly amiss. According to just the most recent news, over 100,000 Americans have died due to air pollution; Flint, Michigan has dumped over 2 million gallons of sewage into the river; and Australian wildfires have destroyed 27 million acres of land and killed an estimated 1.25 billion animals.   CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL DOCUMENT



The Repercussions of Unity

David Shaw

March 2020

     A group of believers, united in thought, belief, practice, and worship has been the intention for the followers of Christ ever since the apostles came together and began to build the first Christian church. Epistles, ecumenical councils, creeds, affirmations of faith, and unity documents are all tools that organized denominations use to determine what their members believe and how the church will operate moving into the future. While on the surface these devices are utilized with noble and well-meaning intentions, if one were to delve into the ramifications of these things a different story begins to unfold. While unity among believers is the goal, church organizations may be knowingly or unknowingly ostracizing, expelling, and excluding individuals within their churches because they think, believe, or practice their faith differently. The consequence of rejecting individuals in the name of protecting church unity is that for many individuals the church is an indispensable element in the formation of their identity as human beings and the foundation for their community of fellow believers in Christ. It is the church that instills a moral code, promotes connection with others, and fosters a hope for the future for a considerable portion of humanity. When a church announces to its’ members that what they genuinely think, practice, and believe is no longer in line with the organization that contains their community and developed their character, it can have disastrous effects on an essential feature of their identity as Christians and human beings.