From Beer to Biblical Studies; Biola University’s Escape to Reason event features speaker Os Guinness

Feb. 19, 2009 By Jenna Bartlo

LA MIRADA, CALIF. --- Os Guinness is speaking at Biola University this Friday and Saturday, February 20 - 21, 2009 at the apologetics event, Escape to Reason: Francis Schaeffer for the New Generation. Although Guinness’ claim to fame is his relation to the Guinness beer-making family, he is better known for his work as a Christian writer and lecturer.

Francis Schaeffer, theologian, pastor, philosopher and writer, shaped much of evangelicalism during the 20th century. This weekend, Guinness and other provocative Christian speakers will discuss the cutting-edge ideas that have captured the minds of a new generation and hear life-changing messages on art, music, philosophy, and apologetics.

Guinness studied directly under Schaeffer while living at the infamous L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. Like Schaeffer, Guinness is eager for people to think Christianly about their life, vocations and the culture in which they move and breathe.

Guinness was born in China during World War II and lived there until 1951 when the Communists forced most foreigners to leave, according to The Trinity Forum, which Guinness co-founded. He is an accomplished author, speaker and now lives in Northern Virginia.

Other speakers include Ranald Macaulay — speaker and author who worked with L’Abri and Schaeffer, Garrett DeWeese — Biola professor of philosophy of religion and ethics and director of the Master’s program in philosophical and moral theology, David A. Horner — Biola professor of Biblical and theological studies, Biola professor Fred Sanders, and John Mark Reynolds — Biola professor of philosophy and director of Biola’s Torrey Honors Institute.

The event will be held in Mayers Auditorium at Biola University from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, February 20 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 21. The cost for the event is $35 per person, $25 for alumni.


Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties in the city of La Mirada. For over 100 years, Biola has remained committed to its biblical foundation, integrating biblical principles with every academic program. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Biola as a “National University,” which is considered the “major leagues” of higher education. In addition to its focus on intentional spiritual development and career preparation, Biola offers a unique academic environment where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. With over 145 academic programs in seven schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D. For more information, visit or call (562) 777 – 4061.

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