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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‘Who do you think we are, Vanderbilts?’

Biography | The story of plain and modest John D. Rockefeller, Part 2
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/02/19, 08:41 am

Last month, I wrote about the rise of John D. Rockefeller. In this concluding essay about his life we’ll see how he tried to move “from success to significance,” as the title of one popular business book puts it. That’s partly a misnomer, because Rockefeller’s success was significant in improving the lives of millions who used his oil in their lamps and eventually in their cars. But with great profits came great responsibility to use money discerningly—and tycoons seem to fail at that more than succeed.

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Clemens: Tim Fitzgerald/AP • Jordan: John Swart/AP

Clemens and Jordan

Sports | Yearnings of the stars 25 years ago
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/28/19, 01:54 pm

In the spring young men’s hearts turn to romance and old men’s hearts to baseball. As James Earl Jones intones in Field of Dreams, a great but flawed movie, “The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.”

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The folly of man

Books | Three books touching on atheism 
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/28/19, 01:38 pm

Stanley Corngold’s Walter Kaufmann: Philosopher, Humanist, Heretic (Princeton, 2018) is a biography of the scholar best known for his attempt in 1950 to change the reputation of Friedrich Nietzsche from proto-Nazi to humanist existentialist. That’s tough sledding, because Nietzsche’s hero was the Übermensch, the superior person who possesses a will to power and does not let thoughts of mercy turn him aside from his struggle. Nietzsche’s villains were compassionate Christians who practiced charity toward the poor and the weak.

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