Os Guiness, Honorary Doctorate
June 26, 2010
Doctor of Divinity
conferred May 27, 2010
by Westminster Theological Seminary
"Os Guinness, you are an author and social critic. Great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, you were born in China during World War II, where your parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1949, you were expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe, where you were educated in England. You completed your undergraduate degree at the University of London and your Doctor of Philosophy in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford. Before moving to Oxford, you were a co-worker with Francis Schaeffer at l’Abri for many years.
"You have written or edited more than twenty five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, and Unspeakable, and A Case for Civility. Your latest book is The Last Christian on Earth, published by Regal in February, 2010.
"Previously, you were a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the United States in 1984, you have 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, you served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position, you helped to draft the Williamsburg Charter and co-authored the public school curriculum Living With Our Deepest Differences.
"From 1991 to 2004 you were a co-founder and senior fellow of the Trinity Forum, and a frequent speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in both the United States and Europe. Currently, you are a Senior Fellow with the EastWest Institute in New York, a think-and-action tank whose mission is to inspire constructive conversations between the East and the West, so as to effect peace and security in our times. Today, you and your wife, Jenny, reside in McLean, Virginia.
"As a European visitor to this country and a great admirer but detached observer of American culture today, you stand in the long tradition of outside voices who have contributed so much to America’s ongoing discussion about the state of the union.
"We join together as brothers and sisters in Christ who have been personally blessed by your writings and to publicly acknowledge you today. For your outstanding dedication to speaking God’s truth into the lives and cultures of people worldwide and for your spiritual leadership of those becoming the world leaders of tomorrow, we are pleased to bestow upon you the Doctor of Divinity."
Rev. Dr. Peter L. Lillback, President