Gene Edward Veith

Gene is a former WORLD culture editor.

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The decline of the American museum

Museums | In 1999, WORLD took a tour of the nation’s worldview warehouses
by Gene Edward Veith, Lynn Vincent, Roy Maynard & Timothy Lamer
Posted 8/15/15, 01:49 pm

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the July 17, 1999, issue of WORLD Magazine and is republished here as part of our Saturday Series. For more on the state of America’s museums, see Marvin Olasky’s cover story from the current issue of WORLD: “A tale of two museums.”

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Charles Dickens (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

Victorian culture warrior

2012 Books Issue | Nearly 200 years later, how Charles Dickens changed the literary landscape
by Gene Edward Veith
Posted 6/29/12, 05:08 am

Charles Dickens, whose bicentennial is celebrated this year, was both a literary giant and a Christian activist. Like William Wilberforce a generation earlier, Dickens took on the overwhelming social and moral problems of his day. Motivated by his Christian faith, Dickens used the power of his pen to awaken compassion, change public opinion, and inspire social reform. Christians 200 years later could learn from his example.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Arenas of service

Work & Calling | A return to Luther's doctrine of vocation would mean a return to God's priorities for our lives-and a return to being more effective salt and light in the world
by Gene Edward Veith
Posted 8/13/10, 06:13 am

Some early church fathers co-opted pagan holidays and turned them into Christian celebrations. Labor Day is ripe for a Christian takeover. A day that had its origins in the early struggles of the labor union movement is now little more than the last long weekend of summer vacation, a final time to fire up the grill before the fall grind starts up again. But celebrating the human capacity to work is an occasion to recover one of Christianity's most important, yet nearly forgotten teachings; namely, the doctrine of vocation.

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