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Improbable events

History | Why the Cold War ended without nuclear disaster
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/01/18, 10:33 am

Thirty years have gone by since Ronald Reagan in 1988 spoke to students at Moscow State University. At a time when the Soviet Communist Party still claimed to be the vanguard of wisdom, Reagan said, “Freedom is the recognition that no single governmental authority has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious.”

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Surviving the Indianapolis tragedy

Books | Book excerpt: Disaster, death, and prayers for deliverance in the Second World War’s Pacific theater
by Lynn Vincent & Sara Vladic
Posted 7/05/18, 09:23 am

Two Japanese torpedoes sank the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945. Some 300 sailors died right away. Nearly 900 made it into the water alive, but only 316 survived until rescued four to five days later. U.S. Navy vet and former WORLD Features Editor Lynn Vincent is now a best-selling author, and July 10 is publication day for her new book, Indianapolis, co-authored with award-winning filmmaker Sara Vladic. Here’s an excerpt from the book that shows how faith in God helped some to survive—although other believers perished.

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A fascinating figure on the Fourth

History | Musings on Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/30/18, 07:57 am

We will celebrate this coming Wednesday the work of a brilliant writer, Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson. Here’s what’s less known: Jefferson worked hard at writing because he was a lousy speaker. I’ll discuss that, then note his way of neutralizing Christian opponents, then look at his small government principles and his pacifism in regard to Britain—and how that worked out. He’s a fascinating figure.

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