Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Rachman: Geraint Lewis/Writer Pictures/AP • Minzner: handout

From China to heaven

Books | Eastern oppression and timeless wisdom
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/20/18, 01:50 pm

Two books worth reading side by side are Gideon Rachman’s Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline: From Obama to Trump and Beyond (Other Press, 2017) and Carl Minzner’s End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival Is Undermining Its Rise (Oxford, 2018).

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Miles to go

Media | If the 1900s were the Christian century, what about the 2000s?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/20/18, 01:36 pm

Late in 1899 a magazine known as The Christian Oracle changed its name to The Christian Century. In January 1900, its editors predicted that “glory’s mantle shall enwrap the world, and golden years enfold in an unbroken round of sweet and happy peace.” World War I began 14 years later.

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Wizards and prophets

Books | SCIENCE: Our book of the year shows a worldview clash
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/20/18, 11:33 am

Norman Borlaug—the wizard in Charles C. Mann’s The Wizard and the Prophet (Knopf)—is the only plant breeder to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and that’s because he used new agricultural technology to increase global grain harvests, making it possible for the world’s population to increase. Borlaug became a scientist because he realized in 1932 that he would not be able to become a second baseman for the Chicago Cubs.

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