Saturday Series
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Lessons from Ebola

Books | The dramatic story of the 2014 crisis offers wisdom as the world faces the current COVID-19 pandemic
by Richard Preston
Posted 3/14/20, 01:50 pm

In Richard Preston’s Crisis in the Red Zone, which made WORLD’s short list for the 2019 Book of the Year in the Understanding the World category, we get a page-turning account of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. With the current spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s a good time to read his authoritative account of a new virus strain that invaded the world.

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Social Calvinism

History | How the Reformer challenged conventional wisdom in government and economics
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/07/20, 08:04 am

Ten years ago, I felt honored to write a chapter in a book edited by John Piper and David Mathis, With Calvin in the Theater of God. Many of our readers have read John Calvin and are deeply aware of his theological brilliance, but here’s a slightly adapted part of the chapter in which I looked at 10 ways Calvin challenged his era’s conventional wisdom concerning government and economics. In this election year, as the full fury and superficiality of half-blind 2020 politics assaults us, let’s spend a few minutes looking deeper.

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Christian complicity with racism

Books | Post–Civil War ‘Redeemers’ and the KKK used their faith to justify oppression and violence
by Jemar Tisby
Posted 2/29/20, 04:49 pm

Let’s conclude Black History Month with an excerpt from a sad saga, Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise. Tisby shows how even George Whitefield, the great 18th-century preacher, took time off from evangelism to advocate slavery. Without it, he said, “Georgia can never be a flourishing province.” U.S. Constitution writers, Tisby rightly notes, “used black lives as bargaining chips to preserve the union of states.”

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