The Global Public Square
Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity
by Os Guinness
"This is a book that should be read by everyone concerned with freedom of conscience, not only in the face of murderous persecution as still exists in many places, but also with the more subtle threats by political orthodoxies in Western democracies."
—Peter L. Berger, professor emeritus, Boston University
Author and prominent social critic Os Guinness argues that the way forward for the world lies in promoting freedom of religion and belief for people of all faiths and none.
Futurism is a murky science that often pretends to know far more than it does, but there are certain issues and certain problems that are clear beyond dispute. This book is about one of the biggest of them...: Soul freedom.
Os Guinness makes a bold proposal for a new public square, and Evangelicals must work with others to embrace its civility, freedoms, and diversity.
I believe that our response to diversity is a profoundly theological issue and that our vision of God shapes our response to the "holy otherness" of our fellow humans.
Even though Guinness outlines the risky status of religious liberty in our fractured world, it would be nice to think that this book will actually create change.
Guinness' great contribution to these kinds of questions lies in that he's no panicky, apocalyptic, doomsday ranter. He brings deep thought that generates solid hope.
David Dashifen Kees
The book deals with what the author terms soul freedom (the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief) ... and it's important that Guinness separates these four concepts because, in so doing, he's included atheists, spiritual seekers, and philosophers alongside theists and other believers.