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.

Answers to hard problems

Books | Books from Christian publishers
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/12/20, 04:08 pm

On this page I mostly review secular books, but here in eight categories are worthwhile ones I’ve read recently from Christian publishers.  

How to govern: Michael Wagenman’s Engaging the World with Abraham Kuyper (Lexham, 2019) is a good introduction to the theologian, journalist, and politician who scolded the Dutch Conservative Party for abandoning principles “in exchange for the short-term rewards of political power.” He traced “a failure of the church’s ultimate allegiance” back to the Constantinian conversation. 

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Illustration by Daniel Hertzberg

On the Augustinian road

Q&A | How an ancient text applies to our modern lives
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/12/20, 03:32 pm

Calvin College professor James K.A. Smith, 49, grew up in Canada and recently became a U.S. citizen. He is the author of numerous books, including You Are What You Love, Awaiting the King, and (in 2019) On the Road With Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts. Here are edited excerpts of our discussion. 

You’ve written that you’ve been estranged from your dad since you were 13, and haven’t seen him for 28 years. Your stepfather also disappeared. What effect did that have on you?

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Be a good neighbor

Relationships | Love in the time of coronavirus
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/12/20, 01:29 pm

As the apostle Paul wrote, we see through a glass darkly. J.I. Packer and others have noted that we don’t know what discussions in heaven are like, so I certainly am not saying the following dialogue actually happened—but it might have. I do think our coronavirus response should keep with what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7—“God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” So, with those caveats in mind, please read on.

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