What Is Freedom of Conscience and Why Does It Matter?

Q Talks

In this 9-minute session from the Q Talks, author and social critic Os Guinness provides a framework for one of the most important questions plaguing our world today—How do we live together in light of our differences?

Os Guinness has written or edited more than thirty books, including Fool's TalkA Free People’s Suicide, and The Global Public Square. Previously, he was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since coming to the United States in 1984, he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. 

Which of Os' points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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How we live together in light of our deep differences has profound implications for global relations as well as the vibrancy of the Christian faith in our world. It will require a deeper appreciate of freedom of conscience and religion, renewed civic education, and vibrant voices in the public square. Even more, it will require the gospel of Jesus Christ, which has all of the components to bring reconciliation in the midst of difference. As Os said, don't be the generation that is missing. Instead, strive to think, speak, and live both in private and in public so that those around you would see your commitment to God.

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