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.

Walking softly

| But Teddy Roosevelt carried a big knowledge of Scripture
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/19/96, 12:00 am

He's on Mount Rushmore. Teddy bears were named after him. One of his favorite expressions was, "Bully for you."

That's about as much as most Americans know about Theodore Roosevelt, the first president to take office in the 20th century. But Christians especially should know more, because "TR" was a president who took the Bible literally and applied it thoughtfully to public policy questions. That's something presidents now, even (and perhaps especially) if they quote Scripture, do not do.

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Spook the secularists...

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by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/05/96, 12:00 am

As I noted two weeks ago, many high school students today do not know much about history. That holds for biblical history as well. One student wrote that in Genesis, "God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Montezuma," and, "Jacob, son of Isaac, stole his brother's birth mark." A summary of Exodus went like this: "Pharaoh forced the Hebrew slaves to make bread without straw. Moses led them to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the Ten Commandments."

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It's only an election

| An important one, but put no confidence in princes
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/31/96, 12:00 am

Presidential elections are a throwback to ancient styles of single combat.

The biblical example from 1 Samuel 17--the David and Goliath account--shows each side drawing up its battle line and then sending out a champion.

In the old days a vast army depended on one flesh-and-blood person. In this year's election two ideologies, conservatism and liberalism, compete in the persons of Bob Dole and Bill Clinton, each supported by a vice presidential armor-bearer.

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