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A Christianity Today 2004 Book of the Year In this masterful and innovative book Glen H. Stassen and David P. Gushee join profound ethical reflection with faith in Jesus Christ, a life of discipleship and the hope of the present and coming kingdom of God. The result is a challenging, comprehensive treatment of Christian ethics centered on the life and teachings of Jesus. Drawing on detailed studies of the Sermon on the Mount, Stassen and Gushee shed light on the whole of biblical ethical teaching as it relates to a wide range of issues, including peacemaking, just war, nonviolence, sexuality and gender roles, marriage and divorce, race, economics, care of creation, prayer and politics. Their work yields neither an impossible idealism, nor an abstract ethical system, nor a generic religious legalism. Rather Stassen and Gushee set forth a holistic ethic that motivates us and provides us with a practical basis for living under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
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IVP: Kingdom Ethics has been quite a collaborative project for you. How did you two happen to connect around this project?
David Gushee: Glen had the original idea while we both were teaching in our short stint together at Southern Seminary, from 1993 to 1996. As I recall, he had already written up a proposal and presented it to IVP before asking me to join him as coauthor in late 1995. Over the ensuing six years of research, writing, conversation, editing and reediting, the book developed into an extraordinarily rich collaborative piece that extended far beyond what I, at least, ever imagined it could become.
Glen Stassen: Well, I was so impressed with Dave's outstanding book Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust and so pleased with our collaboration in an article for Sojourners, "Disciples of the Incarnation," that when Dave expressed interest I jumped at the chance. Glad I did!About the Author:
Glen H. Stassen (1939―2014) was Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He was a tireless advocate for social justice and peacemaking, and a prolific writer and international speaker about topics related to ethics, peace and discipleship. He was also highly honored and beloved by his many students during a university and seminary teaching career of more than a half-century. Stassen graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in nuclear physics, and he studied theology, Christian ethics and political philosophy during graduate work at Union Theological Seminary and Duke University, where he earned a PhD. Before serving at Fuller, he taught at Duke University, Kentucky Southern College, Berea College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While at Duke University, Stassen was a co-organizer of a Christian interracial association that worked with other civil rights groups. He also coordinated two buses that traveled to the 1963 March on Washington, DC, where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his powerful "I Have a Dream" speech. In the classroom, Dr. Stassen received Fuller's "Faculty Award for Outstanding Community Service to Students," as well as the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching at Berea College and the Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence in Teaching. Among his many writings, Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (coauthored with David Gushee) received Christianity Today's Award for Best Book of 2004 in Theology or Ethics. His most recent book was A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age, which was named among the top ten recommended books of the year by The Christian Century. He is also the author of Living the Sermon on the Mount and Authentic Transformation: A New Vision of Christ and Culture, as well as the editor of Authentic Faith: Bonhoeffer's Ethics in Context. He coedited works such as Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for Ethics of Peace and War, Peace Action: Past, Present, and Future and War of the Lamb: The Ethics of Nonviolence and Peacemaking. An American Baptist layman, Stassen was named Baptist of the Year by EthicsDaily.com, and was awarded the Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award by the Baptist World Alliance. Stassen served in leadership positions within the Council of the Societies for the Study of Religion, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, American Academy of Religion and Society of Christian Ethics. He was a member of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign and of the Strategy Committee of Peace Action, the largest grassroots U.S. peace organization. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, their three sons and six grandchildren.
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