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.

Imperfect pilgrims

Books | Complications of Christian life and history
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/12/18, 04:15 am

Rosaria Butterfield’s third post-conversion book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key (Crossway, 2018), rightly challenges our natural tendency “to build the walls higher” and turn our homes into castles that exclude unbelieving neighbors.

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Capital conditions

Books | Money, productivity, and economic understanding
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/29/18, 03:11 pm

I dislike the term “must reading” when used about anything other than the Bible, but if you are wealthy and creating a foundation, here’s an almost-must: Martin Morse Wooster’s How Great Philanthropists Failed and You Can Succeed at Protecting Your Legacy (Capital Research Center, 2017). Spoiler alert: Neither you nor your money will live forever, and by the third generation your dollars may be used for purposes antithetical to your beliefs, so create term limits.

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Hedonistic strains

Culture | How American Bandstand sold the rope
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/26/18, 05:36 pm

March 20 was the 40th anniversary of the day in 1978 I went to work in Wilmington, Del., as a novice speechwriter for DuPont’s president and CEO. I took the job to support my family but also as a kind of penance for my Communism, which ended five years earlier when I realized God exists and Lenin was wrong.

Oddly, my five years at DuPont taught me Lenin was right about one thing: “Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” He believed corporate leaders would see only one move ahead in a chess game where it’s important to take into account the next several.

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