Os Guinness

Os Guinness (born September 1941) is an English author and social critic. He has lived in the United States since 1984.

Os Guinness
Born (1941-09-30) September 30, 1941 (age 79)
OccupationAuthor and social critic
Alma materOriel College, Oxford

Early life and educationEdit

Born on 30 September 1941 in Hsiang Cheng, China, to medical missionaries working there,[1] Guinness is the great-great-great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. He returned to England in 1951 for secondary school and eventual college.[citation needed]

Guinness received a Bachelor of Divinity degree (honours) from the University of London in 1966 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oriel College, Oxford, in 1981, where he studied under Peter L. Berger.[2]


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 the L'Abri community in Switzerland and, after Oxford, a freelance reporter for the BBC.[when?][3]

In 1984, Guinness went to the United States and became, first, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center,[when?][citation needed] and later a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.[when?][citation needed]

From 1986 to 1989, Guinness served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation[when?] and was the leading drafter of the Williamsburg Charter, a bicentennial clarification and reaffirmation of the religious liberty clauses of the first amendment.[third-party source needed] He also co-authored the public school curriculum "Living With Our Deepest Differences".[4]

In 1991, along with Alonzo McDonald, he founded the Trinity Forum and served as Senior Fellow until 2004.[5][6][7] Since then he has been a Senior Fellow with the EastWest Institute in New York, and is currently a Senior Fellow with the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.[8]

Guinness has lectured in many of the leading universities across the world, and in other major venues addressing political and business leaders.

He was the primary drafter of "The Global Charter of Conscience", published at the European Union Parliament in Brussels in June 2014.

Personal lifeEdit

Guinness currently lives in McLean, Virginia, with his wife Jenny. They have one son, CJ, who is a businessman in New York.[2]

An Anglican, he attended the Episcopal Church, but left it due to their theological liberalism in 2006.[9] He currently 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.[10]


Guinness has written or edited more than 30 books.[11] The following are a subset of the books written and edited between 1973 and present, in chronological order.

Authored booksEdit

  • —— (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.
  • —— (2016), Impossible People, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • —— (2018), Last Call for Liberty: How America's Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • —— (2019), Carpe Diem Redeemed: Seizing the Day, Discerning the Times, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Edited worksEdit

  • ——, 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.


  1. ^ RZIM Staff [Guinness, Os] (21 December 2016). "Os Guinness" (organisational autobio). RZIM.org. Norcross, GA: Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Guinness, Os (February 1981). "Towards a reappraisal of Christian apologetics : Peter L. Berger's sociology of knowledge as the sociological prolegomenon to Christian apologetics" (University of Oxford DPhil thesis). solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2017.[dead link]
  3. ^ Edgar, William (2006), "Francis Schaeffer and the Public Square", in Budziszewski, J (ed.), Evangelicals in the Public Square, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, p. 166.
  4. ^ "Living With Our Deepest Differences" (PDF). Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  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. ^ TTF Staff [Guinness, Os] (21 December 2016). "Os Guinness" (organisational autobio). TTF.org. 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. ^ Why We Left the Episcopal Church, By the Rev. John Yates and Os Guinness, 8 January 2007, The Washington Post
  10. ^ Assembly 2014, ACNA Official Website
  11. ^ "Os Guinness". Retrieved 21 December 2016.

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