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Glen Stassen

Editor’s note: Baptist Center for Ethics founder Robert Parham (1953 – 2017) wrote the following editorial in Jan. 2014 in the event of Billy Graham’s death following Graham’s hospitalization in late 2013. Parham wrote it with the guidance, “Hold until needed.” It is published now following Graham’s death on Feb. 21, 2018. Billy Graham’s letter […] Read More

Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics from the song “Streets of Philadelphia” have never been more haunting. “I heard voices of friends vanished and gone … Night has fallen, I’m lyin’ awake. I can feel myself fading away,” he sings. Two of my academic mentors, noted Baptist ethics professors, each passed away on Saturdays – one week apart. […] Read More

Christianity is an ethical faith so given our sinful inclinations, our lives as Christians are characterized by repentance and renewal. In “A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age,” Glen Stassen, Louis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, argues that Christian churches in the West today are in desperate need […] Read More’s 2012 Baptist of the Year, Glen Stassen, has a top 10 book, according to one of America’s leading Christian magazines. Stassen’s new book, “A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age,” is listed as one of The Christian Century magazine’s recommended books for 2012. David Heim, the magazine’s executive editor, and Richard Kauffman, […] Read More

Glen Stassen is’s pick as Baptist of the Year for 2012. Stassen and Baptist peacemaking are synonymous. He has maintained a remarkable concentration on peacemaking for more than 35 years. His focus has been on the “thick” ethic of Jesus and lived out among Baptists. Dr. Stassen is as focused on peacemaking today as […] Read More

In my 1992 “Just Peacemaking” book proposing just peacemaking theory, which led to the consensus “Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for the Ethics of Peace and War” (1998/2003/2008), I wrote: “Rational policy must offer adversaries ways to affirm their valid interest in guarding their own security… . We can increase our security only when we […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part excerpt of a presentation made at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Santiago, Chile. Read the first part here. We need to know that Germans were not aware that human rights were the product of Baptists on biblical grounds in the 17th century. […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part excerpt of a presentation made at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Santiago, Chile. What Baptists need to know is that Richard Overton – the father of the tradition of human rights – was a Baptist. Overton was a member of that group […] Read More

Fuller’s School of Psychology has an ethics review board that monitors all experiments on people, as the law requires for all psychological and medical experiments. I have served on it. All of us who have served on Fuller’s review board know you can’t do experiments on people without their free and informed consent. Physicians for […] Read More

Shirley Bogard was an impressive teenager in the Kentucky Baptist church where I was pastor. The church awarded her its scholarship for the most deserving teenager so she could train as a nurse. She was a devoted Christian and became a super-competent nurse.   Shirley, now Shirley Martin, became the nurse in Louisville and Jefferson […] Read More