Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of the World News Group, holder of the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College, and Dean of World Journalism Institute. He is the author of 18 books, including Compassionate Conservatism, The Religions Next Door, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue, and Prodigal Press. He has co-authored ten more.
Dr. Olasky earned an A.B. from Yale University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1976. He has written 2,800 articles for publications ranging from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post to World, which with 400,000 readers is the leading Christian news magazine in the U.S.
Dr. Olasky was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin for two decades and provost of The King’s College, New York City, from 2007 to 2011. He is also a senior fellow of the Acton Institute and has chaired the boards of City School of Austin and the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center.
He has been married for 36 years, has four sons, and is an elder of the Presbyterian Church in America. He has been a foster parent, a PTA president, a cross-country bicycle rider, a newspaper reporter, an informal advisor to George W. Bush, and a Little League assistant coach.
Philanthropy magazine called Dr. Olasky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion one of “eight books that changed America.” His writings have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, and other languages, and he has lectured in Europe, Japan, Chile, and elsewhere.
The earth on which we live is a spinning globe. Vast though it seems to us, it is a mere speck of matter in the greater vastness of space. Thats the beginning of H.G. Wells The Outline of History (1920), a history of the world that helped to move me toward atheism and socialism when I was a teenager.
Is this 2016? Maybe. The crucial but unspoken question as the GOP primaries beckon: What year is it?
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Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, both low and high, rich and poor together!
At the Thanksgiving table few of us are likely to express thankfulness for hard work -- but thats what Ecclesiastes recommends. Heres wisdom from Chapter 5: What I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun.
Waiting amid a long twilight struggle.
Many baby boomers look at cultural wreckage and see nothingnothing
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We can learn from the great exiles legacy as we face an uncertain future
A good education equation needs elements that are often left out
Evangelicals should start voting with clear eyes to the future.
I often edit better and occasionally think better by keeping a particular person in mind.
This is no time to give up on politics.
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How to face the overwhelming but inevitable end of life?
Does Christian perseverance pay off? In a fallen world, often not. Sometimes the grace is in the running of the race, not the outcome. But sometimes
Pray for the strength to persevere in loving our neighbors in the face of acts of war.