Unmerited mercy


Marvin Olasky's multi-part biographical series chronicling his progression from card-carrying Communist to Bible-carrying Christian, his years in academia, his involvement in welfare reform, and his present position as WORLD's editor in chief.

The first 10 episodes are available in a book, Unmerited Mercy: A Memoir, 1968-1996.

Episode 1: The graduate

In 1968 I headed down a path that began with low-rent existentialism and took me all the way to Communism.

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Episode 1: The graduate


Episode 2: After 1968

The elites showered applause on a young radical in 1970, but the kudos prompted only resentment.

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Episode 2: After 1968


Episode 3: Deeper into sin

A misguided search for meaning led a young radical to the Communist Party in 1972.

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Episode 3: Deeper into sin


Episode 4: Crying out

Is seeing believing? Or does believing lead to seeing?

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Episode 4: Crying out


Episode 5: God doesn't give up

Exodus 13: "When in time to come your son asks you, 'What does this mean?' you shall say to him, 'By a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.'"

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Episode 5: God doesn't give up


Episode 6: Madness centered on God

Fighting communism, and my own impetuousness.

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Episode 6: Madness centered on God


Episode 7: Inside Oz

Learning about the politics of big business, and what "an honest day's work" might come to mean.

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Episode 7: Inside Oz


Episode 8: A new front in the war

Moving from the politics of corporate America to the politics of academic America, and trying to publish so as not to perish.

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Episode 8: A new front in the war


Episode 9: Thy will be done

With opportunity in academia and media came great challenges and great satisfaction.

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Episode 9: Thy will be done


Episode 10: Whose darling?

Finding my way home after weird times in Washington.

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Episode 10: Whose darling?


Episode 11: More unmerited mercy

Battling against ideologies that mistranslate the Bible, kill neighborhoods, and hurt students. Not so often battling against my own pride.

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Episode 11: More unmerited mercy


Episode 12: Saved by God's Gollums

Reporters on an ideological warpath mercifully cut short my yearning for the Inner Ring.

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Episode 12: Saved by God's Gollums


Episode 13: D.C. city limits

The death and life of compassionate conservatism: While a treasured idea became a mess in Washington, it flourished at a small school in Austin.

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Episode 13: D.C. city limits


Episode 14: Back to the journalist's lane

Exposing scandal takes perseverance and fortitude, but seeing our corruption leads to seeing God’s grace.

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Episode 14: Back to the journalist's lane


Episode 15: How to decide to move

To go or not to go? That was the question—but deciding wasn't scientific.

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Episode 15: How to decide to move


Episode 16: Course reversal

A short story, a grand canyon, and a 180-degree turn to the realization that not a college falls to earth apart from the will of our heavenly Father.

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Episode 16: Course reversal


Episode 17: Where I come from

The lasting influences of my grandfather, mother, and father.

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Episode 17: Where I come from


Episode 18: Diamonds in the Shadowlands

As a new baseball season begins, a personal reflection of the past 50-plus.

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Episode 18: Diamonds in the Shadowlands


Episode 19: The riddle of Isaac

Genesis 22 has a pro-life subtext, and missing it has led to a multitude of religious errors.

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Episode 19: The riddle of Isaac