Os Guinness


Os Guinness is an author, a social critic, and member of the RZIM speaking team. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two 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 DPhil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for Truth, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, The Global Public Square, and Renaissance. His latest book is Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion, which was published by InterVarsity Press in June 2015.

Before moving to the United States in 1984, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft “The Williamsburg Charter” and later “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. Os has spoken at dozens of the world’s major universities and spoken widely to political and business conferences on many issues, including religious freedom, across the world. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and lives with his wife, Jenny, in the Washington, DC, area.

Articles / Broadcasts

  • The Origins of Freedom

    Taken from Last Call for Liberty by Os Guinness. ©2018 by Os Guinness. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400,....

    - September 18, 2018  |  Posted In: Article

  • The Greatest Challenge

    Taken from Impossible People by Os Guinness. Copyright (c) 2016 by Os Guinness. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press,....

    - September 2, 2016  |  Posted In: Just Thinking Article

  • Turning the Tables

    Taken from Fool’s Talk by Os Guinness. Copyright (c) 2015 by Os Guinness. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press,....

    - July 1, 2015  |  Posted In: Just Thinking Article

  • The Golden Key Soul Freedom for All

    Soul freedom for all must be freshly understood and advanced in the Western world if it is to hold....

    - March 11, 2014  |  Posted In: Just Thinking Article

  • The Golden Triangle of Freedom

    Imagine leadership without character, business without ethics and science without human values—in short, freedom without virtue. Os Guinness argues....

    - August 21, 2012  |  Posted In: Just Thinking Article