Os Guinness

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Os Guinness
Born (1941-09-30) September 30, 1941 (age 75)
Occupation Author and social critic
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford

Os Guinness (born September 30, 1941) is an English author and social critic.[1]


Born in China, where his parents were medical missionaries,[2] he is the great-great-great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. He was a witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, and returned to England in 1951, where he went to school and college. He received a B.D. (honours) from University of London in 1966 and a D.Phil from Oriel College, Oxford in 1981.[1]

Bill Edgar and Os Guinness at the CICCU main event 2013, St Andrew the Great, Cambridge

In the late 1960s, he was a leader at L'Abri, and after Oxford a freelance reporter for the BBC.[3] In 1984 Guinness went to the United States, where he was first a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and then a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was the lead drafter of the Williamsburg Charter, celebrating the genius of the First Amendment and setting out the signers' vision of a civil public square.[4][better source needed] He was also the primary drafter of "The Global Charter of Conscience," published at the European Union Parliament in Brussels in June 2012. He founded the Trinity Forum in 1991, and served as Senior Fellow until 2004. Guinness has written or edited 30 books and has spoken at the Veritas Forum. He currently lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife Jenny.[5]

An Anglican, he was a member of the Episcopal Church, but left it due to their theological liberalism in 2006.[6] He attends The Falls Church, in the Anglican Church in North America. He was one of the speakers at the Anglican Church in North America Assembly in June 2014.[7]


  • Guinness, Os (1973), The Dust of Death: A Critique of the Establishment and the Counter Culture and the Proposal for a Third Way, IVP .
  • ——— (1976), In Two Minds: The Dilemma of Doubt & How to Resolve It, IVP .
  • ——— (1983), The Gravedigger File, IVP 
  • Guinness, Os, ed. (1990), Articles of Faith, Articles of Peace, The Brookings Institution .
  • Guinness, Os, ed. (1992), No God but God, Moody Press .
  • Guinness, Os (1992), The American Hour: A Time of Reckoning and the Once and Future Role of Faith, Free .
  • ——— (1993), Dining With the Devil: The Megachurch Movement Flirts With Modernity, Baker .
  • ——— (1994), The Dust of Death: The Sixties Counterculture and How It Changed America Forever, Crossway .
  • ——— (1994), Fit Bodies Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don't Think and What to Do About It, Baker .
  • ——— (1996), God in the Dark: The Assurance of Faith Beyond a Shadow of Doubt, Crossway .
  • ——— (1998), The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life, Thomas Nelson .
  • Guinness, Os, ed. (1998), Invitation to the Classics, Baker .
  • Guinness, Os (1999), Character Counts: Leadership Qualities in Washington, Wilberforce, Lincoln, and Solzhenitsyn, Baker .
  • Guinness, Os, ed. (1999), Unriddling our Times, Baker .
  • Guinness, Os (2000), Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype and Spin, Baker .
  • Guinness, Os, ed. (2000), When No One Sees: Character in an Age of Image, NavPress 
  • Guinness, Os (2000), Steering Through Chaos: Vice and Virtue in an Age of Moral Confusion, Navpress .
  • ——— (2001), The Great Experiment: Faith and Freedom in America, Navpress .
  • Guinness, Os, ed. (2001), Doing Well and Doing Good, NavPress .
  • Guinness, Os (2003), Long Journey Home: A Guide to Your Search for the Meaning of Life, WaterBrook .
  • Guinness, Os, ed. (2001), Entrepreneurs of Life, NavPress .
  • Guinness, Os, ed. (2001), The Journey, NavPress .
  • Guinness, Os (2003), Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance, Baker .
  • ——— (2005), Unspeakable: Facing Up to the Challenge of Evil, HarperCollins .
  • ——— (2008), The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It, Harper One .
  • ——— (2010), The Last Christian on Earth: Uncover the Enemy's Plot to Undermine the Church, Regal .
  • ——— (2012), A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future, InterVarsity Press .
  • ——— (2013), The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity, InterVarsity Press .
  • ——— (2014), Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times, InterVarsity Press .
  • ——— (2015), Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion, InterVarsity Press .


  1. ^ a b "Contemporary Authors Online", Biography Resource Center, Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2009 .
  2. ^ "Os Guinness, Biography". RZIM. Retrieved 29 January 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. ^ "The Williamsburg Charter". The Trinity Forum. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  5. ^ Guinness, Os, Bio .
  6. ^ Why We Left the Episcopal Church, By the Rev. John Yates and Os Guinness, 8 January 2007, The Washington Post
  7. ^ Assembly 2014, ACNA Official Website

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