James Gustafson

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James Gustafson
Born James Moody Gustafson
December 2, 1925
Norway, Michigan
Nationality American
Employer Emory University

James M. Gustafson is an American theological ethicist. He has held teaching posts at Yale University in the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies (1955–1972), the University of Chicago as professor of theological ethics in the Divinity School (1972–1988), and Emory University as the Henry R. Luce Professor of Humanities and Comparative Studies. He retired in 1998 after 43 years of teaching and research, he was Woodruff Professor of Comparative Studies and of Religion in the Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Some of his prominent students include Stanley Hauerwas and Douglas Ottati.


  • Christ and the Moral Life (1968) Harper and Row.
  • On being responsible: Issues in personal ethics (1968) (Edited by) Harper Forum Books.
  • Can Ethics Be Christian? (1975) University of Chicago Press.
  • Protestant and Roman Catholic Ethics: Prospects for Rapprochement (1978) University of Chicago Press.
  • Ethics from a Theocentric perspective, volume 1 "Theology and ethics" (1981) University of Chicago Press.
  • Ethics from a Theocentric perspective, volume 2 "Ethics and Theology" (1992) University of Chicago Press.
  • Moral Discernment in the Christian Life: Essays in Theological Ethics (2007), part of the LIbrary of Theological Ethics collection. Westminster John Knox Press.

Bibliography of Secondary Literature[edit]

  • Charles Swezey, "Bibliography of the Writings of James M. Gustafson, 1951-84," in The Journal of Religious Ethics 13:1 (Spring 1985), pp. 101–112[1]


  1. ^ "Persistent link to JSTOR". JSTOR 40015002. 

External links[edit]

  • Biographical notes from Pitts Theology Library, Archives and Manuscripts Dept.[1]