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.
In 1968 I headed down a path that began with low-rent existentialism and took me all the way to Communism
The elites showered applause on a young radical in 1970, but the kudos prompted only resentment
A misguided search for meaning led a young radical to the Communist Party in 1972
Is seeing believing? Or does believing lead to seeing?
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’”
Fighting communism, and my own impetuousness
Learning about the politics of big business, and what “an honest day’s work” might come to mean
Moving from the politics of corporate America to the politics of academic America, and trying to publish so as not to perish
With opportunity in academia and media came great challenges and great satisfaction
Finding my way home after weird times in Washington
Battling against ideologies that mistranslate the Bible, kill neighborhoods, and hurt students. Not so often battling against my own pride
Reporters on an ideological warpath mercifully cut short my yearning for the Inner Ring
The death and life of compassionate conservatism: While a treasured idea became a mess in Washington, it flourished at a small school in Austin
Exposing scandal takes perseverance and fortitude, but seeing our corruption leads to seeing God’s grace
To go or not to go? That was the question—but deciding wasn’t scientific
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
The lasting influences of my grandfather, mother, and father
As a new baseball season begins, a personal reflection of the past 50-plus
Genesis 22 has a pro-life subtext, and missing it has led to a multitude of religious errors
You can count on numbers to tell the stories of our lives