Renaissance -- The Power of the Christian Gospel However Dark the Times
October 8, 2014 12:00 ET

Can Christian faith change lives and change cultures, or is that only a cliche we must abandon? Is the Christian church finished and the Christian faith headed for the great museum of history as enemies of the church now claim and certain Western trends seem to indicate? In his new book by the same title Guinness emphatically answers no, but insists that we must explore just how it was that the Christian faith has been such a culture-transforming power in Western history, and can be again.

Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Os was born in China in World War II where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The American Hour, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People's Suicide and The Global Public Square. His latest book Renaissance was published by InterVarsity Press in August, 2014.

Previously, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the United States in 1984, he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. From 1991 to 2004 he was a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum, and a frequent speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in both the United States and Europe. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

He lives with his wife Jenny in McLean, Va.

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