Os Guinness (D.Phil. Oriel College, Oxford) is an English author and social critic, and author of more than 30 books. As the name suggests, he is the great-great-great grandson of the Dublin Brewer, Arthur Guinness. He was born to medical missionaries in 1940s China and from an early age, Os was exposed to dire circumstances. His two young brothers died in the 1942 famine in the Henan Province of China when approximately three million died of starvation. He and his family were split up and expelled from the country by 1951, following years of Chinese civil war and the eventual establishment of the People’s Republic of China under Mao Tse‑tung. Later, he would join Francis Schaeffer at the original L’Abri community in Switzerland, eventually moving to the United States in the 1980s to become a leading voice of thoughtful American evangelical Christianity, at a time when such careful thinking was sorely needed.
His early experiences formed in him an appreciation for human purpose, and calling the value of freedom for a flourishing society, a response to evil and suffering, and the meaningfulness of the Christian Gospel in contemporary life. His writing and thinking is marked by his capacity to illustrate his points by integrating history, story, philosophy, and theology.