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.

Placating the religious right (1796-1800)

Politics
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/29/00, 12:00 am

John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson in the 1796 presidential campaign, and the rematch four years later was particularly intense. Yale president Timothy Dwight thought that Jeffersonians were "blockheads and knaves" intent on severing "the ties of marriage with all its felicities." Jeffersonians countered with a question aimed at Alexander Hamilton, who had lost his chance for the presidency when caught in adultery but was still politically active: "What shall we say of a faction that has at its head a confessed and professed adulterer?"

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Surprised by stories

| What I did on my summer vacation
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/22/00, 12:00 am

Here's a confession within a riddle: WORLD covers the world but not the world.

The name of our magazine is accurate in one sense: Our primary mission is not to report church news but to tell what happens among the majority of our neighbors who do not follow Christ. That's the sense of "world" in chapter 15 of John: "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first." That reference and many others aren't to people who live thousands of miles away, but to those with whom we are in everyday contact.

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Normal Christians

| Compassionate conservatism, British-style
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/22/00, 12:00 am

Alan Craig, director of the Mayflower Family Centre in London's poorest ward, hands one of his fliers to visitors almost apologetically, because the words that start it out sound insulting: "Many people have referred to this area as a dump." The crucial words on the flier come next: "We don't agree. We are pleased to live here and pleased to celebrate life in Canning Town."

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