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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Curving heavenward

Theology | Paul Miller explains how true living comes through dying
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/21/19, 12:56 pm

It’s so simple, it’s brilliant: The Christian life is shaped like a capital J. You descend on the left and rise on the right. 

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Be the solution

Media | Prayer and Biblical objectivity can help us resist the march to disunion
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/21/19, 11:51 am

Apart from bedtime reading for kids, I’ve read only one novel three times: José Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God, published in Spanish and English 65 years ago.

The first two times—1983, 2001—I mourned for Spain, because Cypresses shows a country during the 1930s polarizing to the point where a half-million died. But this time I mourned for America. The past as covered by George Orwell and Gironella could also be our future.

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Battles on La Rambla

History | Two great older books illuminate the Spanish Civil War and the road to polarization
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/21/19, 11:43 am

Polarize might be 2019’s Word of the Year and publishing meme. Sitting to the right of my MacBook are recent books from two leading academic presses: Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America (Princeton) and Polarization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford). What do we need to know? That polarization occurs when one side demands rapid social change and the other refuses to give in? When mass media ignore Biblical objectivity and celebrate subjectivity, that turns opponents into enemies? 

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