Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Are you a racist?

Books | Critical thinking about deceptive polling
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/24/20, 11:28 am

White Too Long by Robert P. Jones (Simon & Schuster, 2020) was No. 3 among Amazon’s “history of Christianity” books on Sept. 6. That’s both good and bad news: Jones provides useful information on white supremacy but builds a sinkhole too far by constructing a 15-question test and claiming the answers show white evangelicals are racists.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Falling back with looks at the past

Books | Fall Books: Twenty-five history books and biographies in a trying year
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/23/20, 02:27 pm

Where have you gone, Dwight Eisenhower? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. 

Based on mail from WORLD members, many are reading more during coronavirus time—and history books plus biographies or autobiographies remain their favorites. So as we spiral toward the Nov. 3 presidential election, three new biographies of the mid-20th-century general and president are worth a look. In this 75th year since the end of World War II I’m also recommending five more books connected to the war and 17 other well-­written histories.

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Heading toward Agincourt

Politics | A new Supreme Court opening ratchets up the tension of a stress-filled year
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/21/20, 01:56 pm

The weekend that began at dusk on Friday, Sept. 18, brought us Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year's Day, and one more hard twist in a year, 2020, that already looks like three years—COVID-19 year, racial tensions year, and a knife’s-edge presidential election campaign—rolled into one. 

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