Changing Our Mind: The Call for Inclusion of LGBTQ Christians


Changing Our Mind is an apologia. It is an apologia by one of the most respected and highly credentialed conservative religion scholars and thinkers of our times. Enter it with anticipation, certainly, but also with gratitude—gratitude that a man of such stature as David Gushee has paid us, as his readers, the ultimate compliment. He has chosen to recount publicly and in detail, his wrestling with and his conclusions about the theological issues separating many traditional Christians from embracing the full inclusion into the body of Christ of their fellow Christians who are members of the LGBTQ family. Such words as these are fashioned only with wrenching effort on the part of their author. They are, as I have said, apologia at its best. — Phyllis Tickle

“Every generation has its hot-button issue,” writes David P. Gushee, “For us, it’s the LGBT issue.” In Changing Our Mind, Gushee takes the reader along his personal and theological journey as he changes his mind about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church. “For decades now, David Gushee has earned the reputation as America’s leading evangelical ethicist. In this book, he admits that he has been wrong on the LGBT issue.” writes Brian D. McLaren, author and theologian.

Author: David P. Gushee

Publisher: Read the Spirit Books

Date: 2017

Brian’s Briefs:

  • Dr. Gushee is the elected Past-President of both the American Academy of Religion and Society of Christian Ethics. He is the author and/or editor of 26 books and over 150 book chapters, journal articles, and reviews. His most notable books include: Righteous Gentiles of the HolocaustKingdom EthicsThe Sacredness of Human Life, Changing our Mind, and After Evangelicalism. 
  • While one may not agree with Gushee’s exegesis of key passages, given his life, his education and his scholarship, he can’t just be brushed aside as someone who doesn’t know what he’s talking about or someone who doesn’t take the biblical texts seriously.
  • While Gushee and speaks in a very accessible style, this is not a book to be entered into lightly, as the subject matter, and the author, are worthy of only truly serious consideration.  

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