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 World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Beyond platform shoes

Books | WORLD’s 2018 Books of the Year
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/20/18, 11:23 am

Before becoming WORLD’s chief editor, I sat on the board of directors of a Christian publishing house. When the editorial team spoke of upcoming books, it emphasized the intellectual worth of the book for readers and (since every enterprise needs to make at least a small profit) the material worth to the company. The job of authors was to write good books and do media interviews to promote them, but the marketing department did most of the selling.

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What price hope?

Books | ACCESSIBLE THEOLOGY: Finding true comfort, sustenance, and redemption
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/20/18, 11:01 am

Many Christian authors have produced tear-jerking books centered on a child’s death or a friend’s demise. It is good and right to cry about death stalking those we love—Jesus wept and thus gave all of us permission to weep—but manipulating emotion to gain more clicks or sell more books seems not only unseemly but sub-Christian.

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The fortnight that was

News analysis | Death, arrogance, grace, and taxes
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/20/18, 10:35 am

In 1861 and 1865 war surged to Virginia farmer Wilmer McLean’s front doors. In 2017 and 2018, mass shootings rocked pastor Jim Crews’ communities.

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