Challenging Sociological Reductionism

A Christian Ethical Analysis


  • David P. Gushee

David P. Gushee, Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta GA 30341,


The author analyzes Christian Smith's What Is a Person? from a Christian theological-ethical perspective, assessing the way in which he tackles sociological theories that reflect secularized and reductionist assumptions about the human person, and offering a friendly critique of the Christian personalist, humanist, and virtue ethic that he deploys to challenge his field.