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.

Aug. 9, 2008

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

Episode 1: The graduate
Oct. 18, 2008

Episode 2: After 1968

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

Episode 2: After 1968
Jan. 31, 2009

Episode 3: Deeper into sin

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

Episode 3: Deeper into sin
April 11, 2009

Episode 4: Crying out

Is seeing believing? Or does believing lead to seeing?

Episode 4: Crying out
May 23, 2009

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’”

Episode 5: God doesn't give up
July 18, 2009

Episode 6: Madness centered on God

Fighting communism, and my own impetuousness

Episode 6: Madness centered on God
Aug. 29, 2009

Episode 7: Inside Oz

Learning about the politics of big business, and what “an honest day’s work” might come to mean

Episode 7: Inside Oz
Nov. 7, 2009

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

Episode 8: A new front in the war
Dec. 19, 2009

Episode 9: Thy will be done

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

Episode 9: Thy will be done
Feb. 13, 2010

Episode 10: Whose darling?

Finding my way home after weird times in Washington

Episode 10: Whose darling?
Feb. 11, 2012

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

Episode 11: More unmerited mercy
March 24, 2012

Episode 12: Saved by God’s Gollums

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

Episode 12: Saved by God's Gollums
June 2, 2012

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

Episode 13: D.C. city limits
Dec. 15, 2012

Episode 14: Back to the journalist’s lane

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

Episode 14: Back to the journalist's lane
May 4, 2013

Episode 15: How to decide to move

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

Episode 15: How to decide to move
Oct. 4, 2014

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

Episode 16: Course reversal
Oct. 16, 2014

Episode 17: Where I come from

The lasting influences of my grandfather, mother, and father

Episode 17: Where I come from
April 18, 2015

Episode 18: Diamonds in the Shadowlands

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

Episode 18: Diamonds in the Shadowlands
Jan. 23, 2016

Episode 19: The riddle of Isaac

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

Episode 19: The riddle of Isaac
Aug. 4, 2018

Episode 20: Summing up with some sums

You can count on numbers to tell the stories of our lives

Episode 20: Summing up with some sums