When I was a missionary working in the “Middle East” in 2005, I met Os Guiness on tour of his then, new book, ‘Unspeakable: Facing up to Evil in an Age of Genocide’. His lecture that evening was electric, as was the book that I was persuaded to buy. I read it in pretty much one sitting, often in tears.
Up to that point, I had not really heard of Os (to my shame), but after this encounter I devoured much of his writings and videos that one can watch on the famous televisual internet channel. In a recent interview with the former Deputy Prime Minister of Asutralia John Anderson, we find these two exceptional men exploring the wide range of circumstances that have led our Western cultures to the point we are at today.
The description for the video states:
“As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, John is joined by author Os Guinness to remind us how vital that event was. Os persuasively argues that the advent of Christianity brought about not only a moral and spiritual revolution for the individual, but also ultimately became the foundation of the American Constitution and its notions of representative government, the constitutional separation of powers, and political freedoms that have been enjoyed in Western democracies for centuries. Os refers to the intersection of faith, forgiveness and freedom as an antidote to the political polarization of contemporary society, and how a proper understanding of our historical foundation in the biblical narrative can help us move beyond this social division. Os Guinness is an English author and social critic who has worked as a reporter for the BBC and served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation. He is a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre and is currently a Senior Fellow with the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. One of his latest books, The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom, was published in 2021.”