Os Guinness

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Os Guinness
Os Guinness CICCU 2013.jpg
Guinness in February 2013
Born (1941-09-30) September 30, 1941 (age 75)
Occupation Author and social critic
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford

Os Guinness (born September 1941) is an Evangelical Christian author and social critic from England,[1] who has made his home in the United States since 1984.[not verified in body]

Early life and education[edit]

Born on 30 September 1941 in China,[where?] to medical missionaries working there,[2] Guinness is the great-great-great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer.[citation needed] He returned to England in 1951 for secondary school and eventual college.[citation needed]

Guinness received a B.D. (honours) from the University of London in 1966 and a D.Phil. from Oriel College, Oxford, in 1981.[1][third-party source needed]


Os Guinness, with apologist Bill Edgar, at the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union 2013 main event, St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge, England.

In the late 1960s, Guinness was a leader at L'Abri and, after Oxford, a freelance reporter for the BBC.[when?][3]

In 1984, a short while after completing his D.Phil. at Oxford, Guinness went to the United States and thereafter became, first, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center,[when?][citation needed] and later a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.[when?][citation needed]

Guinness served as executive director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation,[when?] described in materials from The Trinity Forum (TTF) as "a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment."[4][third-party source needed] As that source states, in that role:

…he helped to draft the Williamsburg Charter and co-authored the public school curriculum Living With Our Deepest Differences.[4][third-party source needed]

The Charter "celebrat[ed] the genius of the First Amendment and se[t] out the signers' vision of a civil public square.""[this quote needs a citation]

Guinness served as a senior fellow at the TTF, from 1991 to 2004.[4][third-party source needed]

He was the primary person to draft "The Global Charter of Conscience", published at the European Union Parliament in Brussels in June 2012.[citation needed]


Guinness co-founded the Trinity Forum in 1991,[5][6] serving as Senior Fellow with that organisation until 2004.[4][third-party source needed]

Guinness is currently a part of the leadership team at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA), "an autonomous study centre" focusing on its title subject, from a location near Guinness' alma mater, in Oxford, England.[7][8]


Guinness has written or edited 30 books.[9] The following are a subset of the books written and edited between 1973 and present, in chronological order.

Authored books[edit]

  • —— (1973), The Dust of Death: A Critique of the Establishment and the Counter Culture and the Proposal for a Third Way, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press .
  • —— (1976), In Two Minds: The Dilemma of Doubt & How to Resolve It, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press .
  • —— (1983), The Gravedigger File, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press 
  • —— (1992), The American Hour: A Time of Reckoning and the Once and Future Role of Faith, New York: Macmillan/Free Press .
  • —— (1993), Dining With the Devil: The Megachurch Movement Flirts With Modernity, Ada, MI: Baker .
  • —— (1994), The Dust of Death: The Sixties Counterculture and How It Changed America Forever, Wheaton, IL: Crossway .
  • —— (1994), Fit Bodies Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don't Think and What to Do About It, Ada, MI: Baker .
  • —— (1996), God in the Dark: The Assurance of Faith Beyond a Shadow of Doubt, Wheaton, IL: Crossway .
  • —— (1998), The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life, Nashville, TN: HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson .
  • —— (1999), Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, and Solzhenitsyn, Ada, MI: Baker .
  • —— (2000), Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype and Spin, Ada, MI: Baker .
  • —— (2000), Steering Through Chaos: Vice and Virtue in an Age of Moral Confusion, Carol Stream, IL: Navpress .
  • —— (2001), The Great Experiment: Faith and Freedom in America, Carol Stream, IL: Navpress .
  • —— (2003), Long Journey Home: A Guide to Your Search for the Meaning of Life, Colorado Springs, CO: PRH/WaterBrook & Multnomah .
  • —— (2003), Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance, Ada, MI: Baker .
  • —— (2005), Unspeakable: Facing Up to the Challenge of Evil, San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins/HarperOne, retrieved 21 December 2016 .
  • —— (2008), The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It, San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins/HarperOne .
  • —— (2010), The Last Christian on Earth: Uncover the Enemy's Plot to Undermine the Church, Ada, MI: Baker/Regal .
  • —— (2012), A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press .
  • —— (2013), The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press .
  • —— (2014), Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press .
  • —— (2015), Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press .

Edited works[edit]

  • ——, ed. (1990), Articles of Faith, Articles of Peace, Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution .
  • ——, ed. (1992), No God but God, Chicago: Moody Press .
  • ——, ed. (1998), Invitation to the Classics, Ada, MI: Baker .
  • ——, ed. (1999), Unriddling our Times, Ada, MI: Baker .
  • ——, ed. (2000), When No One Sees: Character in an Age of Image, Carol Stream, IL: NavPress 
  • ——, ed. (2001), Doing Well and Doing Good, Carol Stream, IL: NavPress .
  • ——, ed. (2001), Entrepreneurs of Life, Carol Stream, IL: NavPress .
  • ——, ed. (2001), The Journey, Carol Stream, IL: NavPress .

Personal life[edit]

An Anglican, Guinness was a member of the Episcopal Church but left it due to its theological liberalism in 2006.[10] As of 2014, he attends The Falls Church in the Anglican Church in North America.[citation needed] He was one of the speakers at the Anglican Church in North America Assembly in June 2014.[11]

Guinness currently lives in McLean, Virginia, with his wife Jenny.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Guinness, Os (21 December 2016). "Os Guinness" (self-published autobio). OsGuinness.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  2. ^ RZIM Staff [Guinness, Os] (21 December 2016). "Os Guinness" (organisational autobio). RZIM.org. Norcross, GA: Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Edgar, William (2006), "Francis Schaeffer and the Public Square", in Budziszewski, J, Evangelicals in the Public Square, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, p. 166 .
  4. ^ a b c d TTF Staff [Guinness, Os] (21 December 2016). "Os Guinness" (organisational autobio). TTF.org. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Loconte, Joe (September 14, 2000). "The Case for Converting Kings". Christianity Today. Retrieved December 21, 2016. [Quote, teaser:] Os Guinness on how to prevent the American experiment from flopping. 
  6. ^ The article at The Trinity Forum states, unsourced, that he founded the organization with American businessman and philanthropist Alonzo L. McDonald, but also states he founded it with business and other leaders, so information on the matter of the founding is discrepant and so imprecise.
  7. ^ OCCA Staff (21 December 2016). "Meat the Team". TheOCCA.org. Oxford, ENG: Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  8. ^ OCCA Staff (21 December 2016). "What is the OCCA?". TheOCCA.org. Oxford, ENG: Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Os Guinness". Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Yates, John & Guinness, Os (8 January 2007). "Why We Left the Episcopal Church". The Washington Post. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  11. ^ ACNA Staff (25 June 2014). "Assembly 2104—Thy Kingdom Come, Speakers: Os Guinness". AnglicanChurch.net. Loganville, GA: Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). Retrieved 21 December 2016. 

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