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Register Now for 2016 FSI Lectures Featuring Guinness, Edgar, and Fellows


The Fall 2016 Francis A. Schaeffer Lectures

Stand Firm: Christian Courage and the Struggle for Civilization”

September 16 – 17, 2016

Rayburn Chapel

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It seems clear that the church in North America has entered into a changed cultural landscape. Feeling hemmed in and under attack, the Christian church is wrestling at all levels with foundational concerns: can we witness to our Lord and live out our faith in such a way as to prevail–with our integrity intact–over the corrosive forces of the current cultural climate? This Fall, the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary is pleased to bring together three outstanding thinkers and practitioners to help us think about the witness we are called to bear and the crisis in which we are caught.

Our featured speakers for the event are:

Os-Guinness-1Os Guinness. Author and social critic Os Guinness is the great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. He was born to medical missionaries in China during World War II and was a witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949 before being expelled with many other foreigners in 1951. Educated in England, Dr. Guinness was a freelance reporter with the BBC before moving to the United States in 1984. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at various international studies centers and institutes. From 1986 to 1989, he served as executive director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft “The Williamsburg Charter” and later “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. He 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. Dr. Guinness has written or edited more than thirty books, including The CallTime for TruthLong 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 (InterVarsity, 2015). Os and his wife, Jenny, reside in the Washington, DC, area.


W-EdgarDr. William Edgar. Dr. Edgar holds the John Boyer Chair of Evangelism and Cultures and is professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is also associate professor at the Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en-Provence, France. Dr. Edgar’s primary teaching and research interest is apologetics. He has spent much of his career developing and applying to several specific research interests the tradition of covenantal apologetics stemming from the pioneering work of Cornelius Van Til. These include cultural studies, the art of persuasion, Huguenot history, African American music and culture, Islam, nineteenth-century French Protestant apologetics, medical ethics, the question of theodicy, and aesthetics. Dr. Edgar also runs a jazz band which specializes in gospel music. His group travels around the globe, helping to bring the gospel through song to university students.


A-Fellows3Andrew Fellows. After more than 20 years serving with L’Abri Fellowship, most recently as Director of English L’Abri in Hampshire, UK, and as the Chair of Trustees of L’Abri International, Mr. Fellows recently transitioned to serving as Director of Christian Heritage in Cambridge, UK. Respected for his decades of student work as well as for his insightful lectures, he has travelled extensively throughout Europe to engage with students, artists, and politicians on a wide array of subjects.