Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
Throughout his career as a speaker and writer, Os Guinness has sought to provide a contemporary audience with a foundation for Christian faith marked by an intellectual solidity that is often sorely lacking among popular Christian authors today. Since as far back as the early 1970’s, as a member of Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri community in Switzerland, Guinness’s approach to apologetics has been marked by his attention to the necessity of grounding and legitimizing Christianity in ways that directly confront the diversity of competing worldviews. For example, Guinness rejected the 1960’s youth culture’s turn to the East for spiritual inspiration, arguing that the Eastern path offered escape but no real answers to their longings. However, instead of a predictably Eurocentric appeal for Christianity, he offered an analysis of Eastern-influenced spirituality that revealed the failure of the gurus and their disciples to confront the fullness of the Eastern traditions, an approach that is echoed in Unspeakable. Similarly, in books such as The Call (1998) and Fit Bodies, Fat Minds (1994), Guinness has attacked the anti-intellectual spirit of many American evangelicals and instead has pursued a rearticulation of the basics of the Christian faith sparked with insights drawn from a wide range of sources, both religious and secular.
Guinness’s 2005 Unspeakable provides its readers with an approach to the age-old...
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