Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and dean of World Journalism Institute. He joined WORLD in 1992 and has also been a university professor and provost. He has written more than 20 books, including Reforming Journalism. Marvin resides with his wife, Susan, in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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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Finally, some movement

| Clinton's signing of welfare reform is the first step of a long journey
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/17/96, 12:00 am

Once more unto the breach.

Hyperventilating press releases were flying off the fax machines on July 31 and early in August after President Clinton announced that he would sign this year's welfare reform act. Liberal lobbying groups like the Children's Defense Fund were proclaiming that Congress and a cowed president were ruthlessly eliminating safeguards for the poor.

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