Marvin Olasky

Posted November 26, 2013

Unsurprisingly, my Oct. 19 stories and sidebars on about the death penalty drew lots of reader response, favorable and unfavorable: See WORLD’s Mailbag this week for examples of both. For those who missed the articles, I was essentially saying that capital punishment isn’t wrong but life imprisonment without parole is a legitimate substitute.

Posted November 12, 2013

This is a story about two honest gay writers, Randy Shilts and Stephen Jimenez; about a victim/perpetrator of 20th-century plagues, Matthew Shepard; about propagandists, kids who crudely rebel against propaganda, and those who force kids to attend re-education camp.

Posted October 29, 2013

A key court case may determine whether we begin looking over our shoulders.

Posted October 15, 2013

Moderator Brian Williams asked Perry whether he worried that some who were executed might have been innocent. The governor instantly replied, “I’ve never struggled with that at all.” Colson, who died seven months later, wrote that Perry’s response “deeply troubled” him: “The thought of taking another person’s life, however heinous their crimes, should give us pause. It’s never to be made lightly or casually.”

Posted October 01, 2013

All that glitters within museum display cases is not the whole gold story.

Posted September 17, 2013

But even a washed-up celeb can find the promise of a new season.

Posted September 03, 2013

A blue-ribbon commission inadvertently shows what’s wrong with humanities education.

Posted August 20, 2013

Past economic mistakes are lessons for the future—but only if we heed them

Posted August 06, 2013

Because nothing works when we brush aside the biblical ones.

Posted July 23, 2013

Christians working in cultural fields deserve the support of other Christians.

Posted July 09, 2013

Secularists sometimes say that it’s time to give up on a faith-based belief in Christ left over from the ancient Mediterranean world. They don’t acknowledge, though, that in the early A.D. years two major faith-based beliefs with staying power were in conflict, along with a host of minor ones.

Posted June 25, 2013

Journalism 1 and 2 at Newton (Mass.) High School in the late 1960s: the only journalism courses I ever took, and just behind typing in the eighth grade as the most valuable I ever had. The journalism teacher, Jacqueline Wollan, was a smart and willowy 26-year-old. All the guys were in love with her, and she taught us the six lovely questions reporters ask: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

Posted June 11, 2013

A decade later, couples report encouraging news about God’s work in their marriages.

Posted May 23, 2013

Campus stalwart has spent decades helping students see beyond the shadowlands.

Posted May 14, 2013

“Honor your father and mother.” The commandment is unambiguous, but we’ve seen notorious cases of dishonor in which kids get rich by slashing their celebrity parents’ reputations.

Posted April 30, 2013

We are now in the intermission of this year’s biggest judicial drama. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage (SSM) in late March—Act One—and will rule by the end of June. Before the actors in their black robes come back on stage, I’d like to drink some orange juice and chatter about three items.

Posted April 20, 2013

We interrupt the annual joke column for a special announcement: For three years I’ve tried to relieve tax time depression and exhaustion by offering some humor, but this year a sad 70th anniversary trumps lightheartedness.

Posted March 19, 2013

I’d like to start off this column about apologetics with an apology. I apologize to all the people I’ve sat next to on airplanes, occasionally exchanging a few words about going to Atlanta but nary a mention about going to heaven. To be precise, I’m no master of evangelism.

Posted March 05, 2013

Once more the hills are alive with the sound of musings. Maybe that’s because so many Republicans have fled the plains since the November drubbing and sought solace from political oracles: National Review recently had in its pages one of the greatest gatherings since Delphi.

Posted February 19, 2013

Fifteen years ago, after special prosecutor Ken Starr questioned President Bill Clinton about his involvement with Monica Lewinsky, Starr—overcome with a “sense of gloom”—shambled into his Virginia home, collapsed into bed, and asked himself, “How could a sensible and sane government come to this?”