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Freedom, Faith & Forgiveness | Os Guinness


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Dec 22, 2022
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.

0:00 Intro

0:33 Introducing Os Guinness

2:41 Why are we so divided?

8:00 The difference between the American and French Revolution

16:30 How Exodus inspired the founding fathers

24:05 Os's experience in the cultural revolution

27:46 What freedom really is

33:10 The Magna Carta of humanity

37:00 Critical Theory

46:10 Forgiveness overcomes cancel culture

50:32 Leadership requires character

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