Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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Israel at 70

Israel | Did 6 million Jews give their lives for it?
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/30/18, 11:56 am

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins the evening of Sept. 9. This is the 70th year of Israel’s existence, which owes much to the support various camps of U.S. Christians have given it—for various reasons.

Some Christians are supersessionists who say Christians have replaced Israelites as God’s people. Most still cheer for Israel because it is a David amid Goliaths. Others, dispensationalists, say the spiritual sons of Abraham have not replaced the physical sons, so the land of Israel is still the Jewish inheritance.

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Human rights and wrongs

Books | The need for moral integrity and Biblical clarity
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/16/18, 12:17 pm

Aaron Rhodes begins The Debasement of Human Rights (Encounter, 2018) with a strong sentence: “The international community’s concept of human rights lacks intellectual and moral integrity.” He shows that expansion of “human rights” from an emphasis on liberty to include government provision of food, housing, and healthcare kills the term’s essential meaning and moral power, and even becomes “moral justification for strong states to restrict freedom in return for security.”

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Facing waves

Culture | Early August profiles in courage and cowardice
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/16/18, 09:54 am

The Pacific, contrary to its name, has violent waves, but the smoothest boat ride I ever had was crossing that ocean to Japan on a freighter loaded with Canadian timber. That’s because the ship had “bottom,” as 18th-century mariners would say, with all that wooden ballast keeping it steady even during high winds and waves. Journalists back then applied the same word to leaders like George Washington who showed steadfastness amid adversity.

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