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: His latest is Abortion at the Crossroads. Marvin resides with his wife, Susan, in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

United States of division?

Books of the Year | Solutions for pushing back against polarization
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/19/20, 11:54 am

Understanding America 
Book of the Year

The United States is more polarized than at any time since the Civil War. The highly discussed book that best recognizes that—and proposes what to do—is David French’s Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How To Restore Our Nation. If Christian conservatives no longer fall into Trump and anti-Trump camps in 2021, it’s time to think through ways to forestall dissolution. Here are some questions and French’s answers.

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Matters of mystery

Books of the Year | Conventional science still fumbles with the question of how life began, but the best evidence points to a Designer
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/19/20, 11:49 am

Accessible Science
Book of the Year

The Mystery of Life’s Origin: The Continuing Controversy is two books in one: a classic that in 1984 provided the base for the intelligent design movement of the 1990s, and a series of newly written, cutting-edge chapters that set the stage for a Roaring 20s decade of scientific advance.

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Illustration by David Freeland

2020 Books of the Year

Books of the Year | Timely books in a tough season
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/19/20, 11:34 am

This is our 13th annual Books of the Year issue, and if we were superstitious we might, like some hotels, skip the 13th floor: What good writing is likely to emerge in a year characterized by pandemic, political polarization, and cultural chasms? Happily, God’s still in charge, so all is not lost, and much awaits ­finding: In a year with less travel and more reading, the following pages present 25 books accessible by ­general readers, not just by scholars or specialists.

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