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The Global Public Square

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

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

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.

Read a Book Excerpt

Read a Book Excerpt

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.

Praise for The Global Public Square

Praise for The Global Public Square

Read what Boston University's Peter Berger and other religious and political thought-leaders are saying about The Global Public Square.

Author Website

Author Website

Learn more about author and social critic Os Guinness at his website here.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Beyond Interfaith Dialogue

Beyond Interfaith Dialogue

John Morehead

Os Guinness makes a bold proposal for a new public square, and Evangelicals must work with others to embrace its civility, freedoms, and diversity.


The Holy Otherness

The Holy Otherness

Bruce Epperly

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. 

Rethinking Religious Freedom in a Diverse Culture

Rethinking Religious Freedom in a Diverse Culture

Frank Viola

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.

Championing Civility

Championing Civility

David Swartz

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.

A Pagan Response

A Pagan Response

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. 

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A World Safe for Diversity: Os Guinness on Religion and Pluralism

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