David Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Atlanta.

1. Where did you grow up?

Vienna, Virginia, in the shadow of Washington, D.C.

2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

It is the central block of Jesus’ moral teaching in the Bible.

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“Casablanca” if I want drama, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” if I want humor, “It’s a Wonderful Life” if I want Christmas!

4. Who are three people you admire?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ida B. Wells Barnett and Martin Luther King Jr.

5. What is one little-known fact about yourself?

I adore baseball and can tell you pretty much every player on every major league team in 1971.

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