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The Reformation at 500: The Forgotten Key to America’s Crisis in Freedom

October 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Many Americans do not realize that behind the American notion of constitution and constitutional freedom lies the Jewish understanding of covenant. Whereas democracy has zero social content, the principles of covenantalism are richly significant for freedom and for the current crisis in the US.

Co-sponsored by Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke Political Science Department, Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy and the Center for Christianity and Scholarship.

Open to the public.

Speaker Bio: Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for Truth, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, The Global Public Square, and Renaissance. His latest book is Fool’s Talk – The Recovery of Christian Persuasion, which was published by InterVarsity Press in June, 2015.

Before moving to the United States in 1984, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. Os has spoken at dozens of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences on many issues, including religious freedom, across the world. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, though he still lives with his wife Jenny in the Washington, DC, area.

Parking and Directions: Penn Pavilion is located on Duke’s West Campus, close to the Bryan Center. View a map HERE. Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck. View a map HERE.


October 12, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Penn Pavilion
107 Union Drive
Durham, 27710 United States
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