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.


Creative philanthropy

Philanthropy | Looking for new solutions to old problems
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/29/19, 12:03 pm

Karl Zinsmeister, vice president of publications for the Philanthropy Roundtable, was editor in chief of The American Enterprise from 1994 to 2006, and then George W. Bush’s chief domestic policy adviser. Earlier, he was a history major and a national champion rower at Yale. He has written 13 books, including The Almanac of American Philanthropy, and now lives on a houseboat with his wife: They have three children and three grandchildren.

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Trends and patterns

Books | The future of Christianity
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/27/19, 12:48 pm

Glenn Stanton’s The Myth of the Dying Church (Worthy, 2019) points out that, contrary to numerous big-media proclamations, atheism and agnosticism are not growing wildly, and more young adults are attending Biblically faithful churches than attended a half-century ago. Liberal churches, though, are hemorrhaging, and formerly evangelical churches that embrace homosexuality—Seattle’s EastLake is one example—often lose members. 

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Parsing privilege

Race Issues | Beyond one-dimensional analysis
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/27/19, 10:47 am

This fall brings the 50th anniversary of a guest lecture I attended while in college. The speaker was Herbert Marcuse, known in 1969 as chief theorist for the Marxist new left. Marcuse’s most famous book, One-Dimensional Man, argued that capitalism exploits people and nature and turns art and culture into commodities. I applauded, not knowing then the universality of sin and the historical fact that socialism is even more prone to lead to dictatorship and war.

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