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.
A hothouse yucca
The Thanksgiving well celebrate later this month is a day for reunion but also disunion whenever Christians and non-Christians within a family gather around a big table. Especially if they live far apart, parents (or children) of unbelievers may feel they have to seize the time to press home evangelistic points.
In our intrinsically disordered condition, how much government do we need?
Even amid great resistance, with God theres still hope for a despairing friend
Experience shows clear problems with transgenderism, but is that enough?
The 100th anniversary of a Declaration of Intention by a determined immigrant
Christian schooling is about much more than behavior or information.
How secret trysts helped push three troubled nations into one horrible war
“Jesus” is not only the answer to just about every question in Sunday school. He’s also the answer to the question, “Who’s the best news commentator ever?”
?Messing up the works in enemy-occupied territory.
For the sake of the children, must we abandon Genesis?
On June 28, 1914, an assassin killed Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in the Balkan city of Sarajevo. That incident touched off World War I, which ended with 18 million dead bodies and led to a Communist takeover of Russia.
?Don’t go inside when he drops the ball.
Singing some special tunes as age 64 beckons
Thirty years ago Congress passed protective measures regarding pornography. On May 21, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Child Protection Act, which was supposed to protect persons younger than 18 from exploitation by pornographers.
We are not to serve both God and Mammon, but in higher education the pressure is intense.
If you’re well-off but not wealthy, and you don’t want to force someone else to support you, it may be good to save now, make sure your family is not in need, and at your death give to ministries much of what you’ve saved. The advice in chapter 30 of Proverbs is good—“Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me"
Karl Marx was a mediocre writer, but his reference to a great philosopher has been quoted and re-quoted: “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”
Prisoners who enter a Christian program often want to because they’ve had failure after failure: They are not more likely to succeed than others, just more desperate. Christian programs lead prisoners to water, but only God can make them drink.
Oscar Night has come and gone, but I’d like to tell you about a film, “Blood Brother,” that should have received recognition at the awards ceremony but did not.