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.

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Don’t know much about history?

History | How concerns over corrupt Anglicanism helped spur American colonists to revolt. The first in a series of “stump speeches”
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/04/20, 02:42 pm

I’ve given more than 300 speeches in more than 180 cities over the years, but since I’m turning 70 this year it’s time to retire from speechifying. I developed over time about 10 “stump speeches” on various subjects to be used with modifications in different places, and we plan to post a few of them on the first Saturday of the month as part of our Saturday Series. Here’s one, first delivered at Hillsdale College in 1996, about causes of the Revolutionary War.

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Rising and falling

Society | Early signs of COVID-19’s effects on society are worth pondering
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/03/20, 05:46 pm

Romans 8:28 says “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” How could the effects of COVID-19 possibly be good? Many are dying. Many more face disruptions in their lives and careers, financial hardships, family stress, boredom … the list of difficulties goes on.

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Reactions to a pandemic, then and now

Coronavirus | Initially different, then similarly protective
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/28/20, 02:00 pm

Oh, those good old days. R. R. Reno, editor of First Things, wrote this week, “More than one hundred years ago, Americans were struck by a terrible flu pandemic that affected the entire world. Their reaction was vastly different from ours. They continued to worship, go to musical performances, clash on football fields, and gather with friends.” 

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