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Former executive director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a project that celebrates the right to religious liberty embodied in the U.S. Constitution, Guinness ( The Gravedigger File ) tries to cover a wide range of material as he examines "transformations and corruptions in America's . . . moral and cultural order" and suggests, not very convincingly, that the American people might be redeemed by faith. America lacks an identity, he argues as he surveys the cultural changes of the last 40 years. Rejecting both the fundamentalist desire to establish religion officially in public life and the secular humanist wish to exclude it altogether, he suggests compromising on "a civil public square in which citizens of all faiths, or none, are free to enter and engage one another in the continuing democratic discourse." While Guinness offers some useful insights, they are obscured by his sloppy prose style: bloated with quotes and shallow analysis (such as the wholesale condemnation of "non-liberal ideologies" in U.S. universities), the book reads like an intellectual Megatrends .
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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (May 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029131731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029131732
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,739,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OS GUINNESS (DPhil, Oxford University) is an author and social critic. Born in China, he was educated in England at the Universities of London and Oxford. He moved to the United States in 1984, and has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was the lead drafter of both the Williamsburg Charter and the Global Carter of Conscience, as well as the founder of the Trinity Forum. He has written more than 25 books, including The Call, The American Hour, Time for Truth, Unspeakable, The Case for Civility, A Free People's Suicide, and his latest: The Global Public Square. He lives with his wife Jenny in McLean, Virginia..

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Anderson on September 10, 2005
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This book put my faith under judgment: does my faith lead to transforming the culture that surrounds me, or does it add to the culture's corruption? Guinness pinned me against the wall of my self-centeredness and privatized faith and challenged me on how well my faith interacts, reacts, and enlightens my time, my moment in history-and how well my faith is open to God's work of revival and renewal.
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