RNS Best of 2017: After 30 years, a farewell column

David Gushee in his office at Mercer University in Atlanta. Photo by Alice Horner.

EDITORS’ NOTE: As the year draws to a close, it’s a time of reflection. This week, Religion News Service is proud to highlight several top stories by our staff and columnists, including this September column by David Gushee, president of the American Academy of Religion. 

RNS) — This is my final column for Religion News Service, marking my voluntary departure from what used to be called “opinion writing” and what today is called the blogosphere. Here’s why:

my new memoir, “Still Christian,” which I drafted last summer but is just now out, I wrote:

I am fifty-five years old, but that’s about eighty in culture-wars years. There are twenty-four years of fights in those fifty-five years. I am asking God if I might be released from the responsibility of continuing to fight on these

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