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.

Film: Wrong movie, Mr. Clinton

Movie | Robert Duvall's promising film on Pentecostalism, The Apostle, turns out neither tender nor merciful
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/20/98, 12:00 am

The evening before giving the State of the Union address three weeks ago, Bill Clinton sat through a White House screening of The Apostle, a new movie directed, produced, written by, and starring Robert Duvall. For those who had followed the story of how Mr. Duvall spent years trying to break past some Hollywood clichés by making a film about a pastor who does not fleece his flock, the Clinton viewing was a hopeful sign. Maybe a powerful movie that depicted sin, repentance, and redemption would break through in a way that politicians, pundits, and carefully selected preachers have not.

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Lincoln's deeper side

| How a war turned a skeptic into a praying man
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/13/98, 12:00 am

This year, Presidents' Day on Feb. 16 provides an opportunity to reflect on not only the dignity of the presidency in good times, but the way that some presidents have responded to challenges in bad times.

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Gossip or news?

| Examining the public consequences of private actions
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/06/98, 12:00 am

Has the discussion of President Clinton's purported adultery been gossip we need to avoid or news we need to know?

Clearly, endless speculation about uncorroborated, salacious detail is gossip. It's good that we have judicial proceedings where testimony can be taken under strict ground rules designed to ferret out the truth while protecting the innocent. But what about the basic charge of presidential wrongdoing? For an answer, let's go first to the Bible, then to some classical exegesis, then to some American history.

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