Meet Os Guinness

Born in China to medical missionary parents, Os Guinness and his family were forced to leave in 1951 under pressure from the communist regime. Educated in England, Guinness studied at the University of London and in Switzerland with Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri. Taking his doctorate in social sciences from the University of Oxford, he brought this training to his work of critiquing culture and society in the light of the Christian faith. Having written and edited more than twelve books, Guinness has become known for his insightful bridge building between academic research and popular culture.

His books have covered such topics as the 60's counterculture (The Dust of Death), the megachurch movement (Dining With the Devil), the failure on the part of evangelicals to engage seriously the issues of the day (Fit Bodies, Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don't Think), the nature of doubt (God in the Dark), the importance of calling in the Christian life (The Call), the desperate need of character and moral righteousness in the life of leaders (Character Counts), the assault on truth (Time for Truth), as well as introducing Christians to the great books of history (Invitation to the Classics).

In 1984 he moved his family to the Washington D.C. area where he has served as a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation. Currently he serves as a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. TheTrinity Forum seeks to contribute to the transformation and renewal of society through the transformation and renewal of leaders. It provides a forum for political leaders and senior executives to engage the leading issues of the day, particularly those affecting public policy, within the context of the Christian faith. Additional projects have included co-authoring the public school curriculum Living With Our Deepest Differences as well as a documentary on the presidential election for the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Known as both a penetrating writer as well as an insightful speaker, one of Guinness' great concerns is that in many ways, the evangelical churches are much more reflecting modern culture that they are really being shaped by the Gospel. Whether through his writing, as a popular lecturer on university campuses or in his work with the Trinity Forum, few within the evangelical community have been so diligent in voicing that concern and finding practical ways to reverse this trend.

Posted 6/2000

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