James Gustafson

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James Gustafson
James Moody Gustafson

December 2, 1925
Academic background
Alma materUppsala University
InfluencesH. Richard Niebuhr
Academic work
Doctoral studentsStanley Hauerwas

James M. Gustafson is an American theological ethicist. He received an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University in 1985.[1] He has held teaching posts at Yale 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, after being Woodruff Professor of Comparative Studies and of Religion in the Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for “creative and lasting contributions to the field of Christian ethics” on January 7, 2011 at the Annual Meeting of The Society of Christian Ethics in New Orleans.[2]

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.
  • An Examined Faith: The Grace of Self-Doubt (2004) Augsburg Fortress.
  • 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[3]


  1. ^ "Honorary Doctors of the Faculty of Theology - Uppsala University, Sweden". www.uu.se (in Swedish). Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "2011: James Gustafson receives the Lifetime Achievement Award". The Society of Christian Ethics. February 9, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Persistent link to JSTOR". JSTOR 40015002. Missing or empty |url= (help)

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