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  • Communion on the moon

    07/27/2013 2:27:22 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 7-24-13 | Marvin Olasky
    Pardon me, please, if you’re familiar with this terrific story, but I never knew it: Former astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin celebrated the Lord’s Supper on the moon 44 years ago, on July 20. Aldrin was an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church near Houston. According to London’s Daily Mail, a Presbyterian General Assembly gave Aldrin permission to administer communion to himself on the moon, using a small plastic container of wine and some bread.
  • Thousands Left Behind

    08/23/2011 2:06:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2011 | Marvin Olasky
    Pastor John Piper and others have told the story of 19th-century evangelist D.L. Moody visiting Scotland and opening his talk at a local grade school by asking rhetorically, "What is prayer?" To his amazement, hundreds of children's hands went up. Moody called on a boy near the front, who promptly stood up and answered, "Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, in the name of Christ, by the help of His Spirit, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies." Moody, recognizing that as the answer to question No. 78 in the Westminster Catechism,...
  • Same-sex marriage, cancer, and fig leaves

    06/25/2011 6:03:10 PM PDT · by flowerplough · 18 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 25 June | Olasky
    ...The (AP) article quoted nine people, all ecstatic about the new gay right. Queens teacher Eugene Lovendusky was typical: “I am spellbound. I’m so exhausted and so proud that the New York State Senate finally stood on the right side of history.” Reporter Karen Zraick even quoted one official saying the new law is “good news” for city tourism. But what about the AP’s “Statement of Ethical Principles”? The first sentence under the heading “Integrity” states, “The newspaper should strive for impartial treatment of issues and dispassionate handling of controversial subjects.” Impartiality and dispassionate handling were nowhere in evidence yesterday...
  • 'God's hand is in it': Lauren Green analyzes why Handel’s Messiah 'is more than just a nice piece'

    12/22/2009 7:59:03 AM PST · by rhema · 27 replies · 1,173+ views
    WORLD ^ | December 19, 2009 | Marvin Olasky
    Lauren Green was third runner up in the 1985 Miss America contest and a winner of the talent competition for playing immaculately a Chopin etude, "Opus #4 in C Sharp." She continued her music while working as a television journalist in Minnesota, Chicago, and New York: She entered the Van Cliburn Competition and has written a fascinating theoretical essay about the connection of music, physics, and faith. Green grew up going to church and Sunday school. Today she goes to Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York and is a FOX News religious correspondent. One continuity throughout the years, since she...
  • Class Without Rooms: Online Higher Education

    10/02/2009 5:45:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 869+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2009 | Marvin Olasky
    Some trends are so evident that even I can't miss them. Chapter 9 of a book I wrote in the 1980s, Prodigal Press, has the title, "Network News and Local Newspapers: The Coming Economic Judgment." It was easy to forecast that "use of personal computers in homes will lead to a more efficient delivery system" for the news, and that in the process liberal behemoths would stagger and fall. Should Christians be upset that some major city news­papers have gone out of business, and that even the mighty New York Times has mortgaged its headquarters? No: We should work on...
  • "[O]ne of the best Christian novels about forgiveness and grace I've ever read."

    06/20/2009 2:31:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 685+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | June 19, 2009 | Carl Olson
    So wrote Marvin Olasky in World magazine at the end of 2007.The novel? Michael O'Brien's Island of the World, published earlier that year by Ignatius Press. Olasky recently, in the July 4, 2009, edition of World magazine, listed O'Brien's novel as one of the Top 40 books he's read and reviewed since 2007. It is particularly interesting that—as far as I can tell (please correct me if I'm mistaken)—O'Brien is the only Catholic on the list and Island of the World is the only novel on the list. Most of the other books (all non-fiction, it appears) are works of history,...
  • Liberty's champion: On his 500th birthday, two cheers for John Calvin

    06/19/2009 7:09:41 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 782 replies · 4,646+ views
    WORLD Magazine ^ | July 04, 2009 | Marvin Olasky
    For the non-Calvinists or anti-Calvinists among us who may worry that this issue of WORLD has several articles about John Calvin, be not afraid: It happens only once every 500 years. July 10 brings the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth—and the great theologian, even with his warts, deserves a better press than he has typically received in recent decades. Calvin was a fallen sinner, as all of us are, but was he especially mean-spirited? He taught that God created the world out of love and loved the world so much that Christ came down from the glorious kingdom of...
  • The sixth wind? [Headlines trumpet Christian decline; closer look suggests rise in serious faith]

    06/15/2009 4:07:12 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies · 613+ views
    WORLD ^ | June 20, 2009 | Marvin Olasky
    Sometimes it seems that an atheistic tsunami has hit. Anti-Christian books land high on bestseller lists. Polls purportedly show a decline in belief. Newsweek this spring had one of its traditional Easter cover stories on "The Decline and Fall of Christian America." Whenever the conventional wisdom points in a particular direction it's good practice to ask: What if the opposite is true? What if nominal Christian affiliation is declining but serious biblical belief is actually on the rise? What if Christianity in America is not dying, but instead getting its second wind—or maybe its sixth wind? After all, the American...
  • The 'Blessing' of Abortion : ...abortion is a blessing and our work is not done...

    05/01/2009 1:30:19 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 21 replies · 717+ views
    World Magazine ^ | 5-9-9 | Marvin Olasky
    "Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done." That was the Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale in 2007, repetitiously inciting her disciples to be not just pro-choice but fanatically pro-abortion. This is significant because, according to standard journalistic stylebooks, Ragsdale does not exist. We're told that pro-choice folks don't like abortion; they're just trying to help a woman facing tragedy. Ragsdale, though, says...
  • The 'blessing' of abortion Katherine Ragsdale and the worship of "me, me, me"

    04/25/2009 3:51:47 AM PDT · by rhema · 31 replies · 1,341+ views
    WORLD ^ | 5/9/09 | Marvin Olasky
    "Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done." That was the Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale in 2007, repetitiously inciting her disciples to be not just pro-choice but fanatically pro-abortion. This is significant because, according to standard journalistic stylebooks, Ragsdale does not exist. We're told that pro-choice folks don't like abortion; they're just trying to help a woman facing tragedy. Ragsdale, though, says...
  • Marvin Olasky: War of the centuries (Islam vs. the West)

    09/19/2008 10:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 267+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 19, 2008 | Marvin Olasky
    This year Sept. 11 came right in the middle of Ramadan, the month of daylight fasting for Muslims. Booked to fly out of New York's JFK airport on the seventh anniversary of the tragedy, I could expect a business-as-usual tone, and why not: War in Iraq and economy troubles at home have drastically affected some of us, but many Americans have had seven fat years since the shock of 9/11. With memories of horror fading, the Empire State Building—thanks to Islamic terrorists it moved up from third to first place in the list of Gotham's tallest buildings—is scheduled at the...
  • Obama's Code Words

    08/21/2008 5:40:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 113+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2008 | Marvin Olasky
    Journalists used to complain that George W. Bush's speechwriters slipped into his oratory phrases like America's "wonder-working power" that meant one thing to general audiences and another to evangelical supporters aware of the "wonder-working power in the blood of the Lamb." Far-fetched? Maybe, but this year Barack Obama is proving to be a master of that art. "Economic justice" and "restoring fairness to the economy" are two of Obama's favorites. Who can oppose justice and fairness? To many Obama disciples, though, those words mandate not just equality of opportunity but a socialistic equality of result. Some in the general public...
  • Our Insane Mental Health System

    08/21/2008 7:59:15 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 99 replies · 554+ views
    World Magazine ^ | 08.23.08 | Marvin Olansky
    Our insane mental health system Faith-based finalists: The poorest among us are those who’ve lost their minds, according to psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey | Marvin Olasky I first heard E. Fuller Torrey critique America's mental health non-system nearly two decades ago—and the evidence of breakdown has only increased since then. The mentally ill now form probably half of the homeless and prison populations. Exploited and victimized by others, and often terrorized by their own phobias, they are a threat to themselves and to others, causing one-tenth of the homicides in the United States. Torrey, a psychiatrist who specializes in helping...
  • Mad missions: Avoiding the soft despotism that emphasizes personal security

    06/05/2008 6:53:21 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 3 replies · 47+ views
    WORLD ^ | May 17, 2008 | Marvin Olasky
    It's good that graduation ceremonies are called commencements, as celebration yields to anticipation. Next week I'll speak at the commencement of City School of Austin, a diverse Christian school that my wife and I helped to start six years ago. The following day the moving van cometh, transporting some of our earthly goods to New York City. That will be the end—unless my mad mission flops—of our 25 years in Austin. Did I say "mad mission"? Oops, cat's out of the bag. Susan and I have had a succession of mad missions. Did I tell you about the time we...
  • The battle of ideas in America: Evangelical declaration takes aim at slaves to political fashion

    05/13/2008 12:22:24 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 10 replies · 130+ views
    WORLD ^ | May 3, 2008 | Marvin Olasky
    Is William Wilberforce your ancestor? What does it mean to be an evangelical? Decade after decade new declarations and explanations emerge, and some are mouthfuls of mush. But the latest, titled "An Evangelical Manifesto: The Washington Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment," scheduled for unveiling on May 7 by a group including Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and leading lights Rick Warren, Os Guinness, Dallas Willard, Timothy George, and Richard Mouw, is likely to do some good. Although "manifesto" is an arrogant-sounding word, this one's confessions are credible, its hopes holistic, and its goals generous....
  • Tarnished eloquence: Obama’s new ideas turn out to be the same old same old

    04/25/2008 8:54:17 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 19 replies · 36+ views
    WORLD ^ | 5-3-08 | Marvin Olasky
    I've been cheering for Barack Obama in his Democratic war with Hillary Clinton for both positive and negative reasons. Positive: He's a terrific talker, he didn't seem antagonistic toward Christianity, and we could use a president who inspires college students and twentysomethings not to be so cynical. Negative: A been-there, done-that feeling concerning the Clintons. But now I have that déjà vu sense concerning Obama as well. For 25 years I've taught at the University of Texas and seen the arrogance of academia and the belittling of the purportedly benighted masses. Obama's San Francisco comment about small-town (and small-minded) people...
  • Lenin's Revolution Vs. Luther's Reformation

    11/11/2007 8:28:39 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 30 replies · 259+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2007 | Marvin Olasky
    Yesterday (Nov. 7): the 90th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's Communist Revolution. Last week (Oct. 31): the 490th anniversary of the beginning of Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation. That numeral 4 indicates a key difference between the two: The 490 glorified God, while the 90 attempted to deify man -- and some men in particular. Luther was a theological revolutionary but not a political one. In 1521, he wrote "A Sincere Admonition by Martin Luther to All Christians To Guard Against Insurrection and Rebellion." The following year, as political unrest intensified, Luther preached about effecting change through patience, charity and reliance on...
  • The silver age of freethought [why atheists like Christopher Hitchens are grumpy]

    11/10/2007 7:39:36 AM PST · by rhema · 14 replies · 852+ views
    WORLD ^ | November 17, 2007 | Marvin Olasky
    Atheistic books are selling ("Backward, atheists", June 30), but so are debates between atheists and Christians. Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, debated last month—before packed houses in Washington and New York—Oxford professor Alister McGrath and author Dinesh D'Souza (What's So Great About Christianity). But none of this is new in American history: Hitchens' best-known predecessor, Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899) sold out auditoriums throughout the last quarter of the 19th century, in what became known as "the golden age of freethought." "Freethought" included atheism, agnosticism, and some left-wing political -isms as well, and had the...
  • The pastor populist ( Huckabee )

    11/10/2007 7:23:33 AM PST · by dano1 · 24 replies · 274+ views
    World on the Web ^ | 9/20/2007 | Marvin Olasky
    John Kennedy in 1960 and John Kerry in 2004 both pledged not to let their Catholic standing affect their policy decisions. Reporters this year are pushing Mitt Romney regarding his Mormon beliefs. But Mike Huckabee, the former Baptist pastor and Arkansas governor who now seeks the GOP presidential nomination, says he is “appalled” when candidates separate their religion from their policy positions. “At the heart of my governing is my faith,” Huckabee told WORLD on Jan. 26, the morning before he announced on Meet the Press that he was setting up a committee for a run to the White House....
  • World Series report: The pro-Christian New York Times

    10/27/2007 6:16:01 AM PDT · by rhema · 20 replies · 756+ views
    WORLD ^ | Nov. 3, 2007 | Marvin Olasky
    "When it's third-and-10, you can take the milk drinkers and I'll take the whiskey drinkers every time." That's the authoritative word from Green Bay Packers legend Max McGee, who died on Oct. 20 at 75 after he fell raking leaves from his roof. Many old-time athletes and sports writers have felt the same way. Didn't Babe Ruth set records while satisfying his voracious appetite for hot dogs, booze, and sex? Character counts, but runs count more, right? That's what the Colorado Rockies thought until 2004, when fastballer Denny Neagle was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. The Rockies, who had finished...
  • Appeasement vs. firmness: Two responses to the Muslim offensive against liberty

    09/08/2007 10:01:30 AM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies · 326+ views
    WORLD ^ | September 15, 2007 | Marvin Olasky
    In WORLD's pages we often describe man's desperate need for the saving grace brought by Christ's sacrifice. But theologians also talk about common grace, the grace that, like rain, falls on nonbelievers as well as believers. When the cravenness of some Christians shames us, it's a good time to look for evidence of God's mercy in unlikely places. Last month's largest cowardice report came from the Netherlands, where a Catholic bishop said that Christian-Muslim animosity could be reduced through one simple measure: "Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will call God Allah?" Sure—and shouldn't we also wear...
  • Rove: Re-Imagining Politics but Not Governance

    08/23/2007 5:30:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 235+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2007 | Marvin Olasky
    Last week, when Karl Christian Rove, born on Christmas in 1950, announced that he was ending his White House life, pundits eager to punch back had the best of all possible worlds: They could write the summing-up lines characteristic of an obituary without the constraints of courtesy to the deceased. The New York Times was typical in referring to Rove's "infamously bare-knuckled political tactics." Many of the living obits were front-pagers because Rove had the advantage and disadvantage of sitting at the right hand of the recent political god most often deemed dumb by reporters. Journalists who saw Rove as...
  • When Evangelical Churches Bow to Gay Demands?--

    08/16/2007 11:08:18 AM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 107 replies · 1,606+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Marvin Olasky
    Should biblical churches host gay-glorifying funerals? Should evangelical politics move leftward? Many news organs give us one answer: Yes! The lead of an Aug. 11 Associated Press story seemed to expose a clear case of homophobia: "A megachurch canceled a memorial service for a Navy veteran 24 hours before it was to start because the deceased was gay." The story stated that officials at High Point Church in Arlington, Texas, offered to host the service for a gay janitor who wasn't a church member but had worked there -- only to say no when his obituary listed a life partner....
  • Two kinds of smarts: The president has failed to let truth and falsehood grapple

    07/27/2007 7:37:37 AM PDT · by rhema · 22 replies · 623+ views
    WORLD ^ | August 04, 2007 | Marvin Olasky
    I defended George W. Bush's intelligence to journalists in 1999 and 2000. I still do, but with some nuances related to Joel Belz's observation in last week's WORLD that the president does a poor job of explaining why he does what he does. I used to explain that Bush was business-management-smart rather than graduate-student-smart, a la Bill Clinton. When I knew Bush during the 1990s—and reports indicate that he hasn't changed—he did not like bull sessions. He wanted practical options laid out without wasted words. He did not want to talk about his decisions. His goal was to make them...
  • The All-Heart Team

    07/05/2007 5:31:03 PM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies · 535+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/05/2007 | Marvin Olasky
    Barring a last-minute switch, Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein will not be at next week's All-Star Game -- but Sports Illustrated gave him a more important recognition this spring. The magazine asked 413 Major League Baseball players, "Which player gets the most out of the least talent?" -- and Eckstein received 77 percent of the votes. No other player received more than 3 percent. Eckstein, the MVP of last year's World Series and also the shortest athlete on the field, at a generously measured 5-foot-7, is not without talent: He can hit a curveball, which Michael Jordan, a foot taller, could...
  • In vain they claim: Independence Day requires dependence upon God

    07/03/2007 4:59:17 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 3 replies · 318+ views
    WORLD ^ | June 30, 2007 | Marvin Olasky
    As our article on the recent rash of atheistic best-sellers in this week's issue notes, the hills are alive with the sound of musings about the purportedly increased role of religion in American public life. But, contra the alarmists, George W. Bush and others have merely tried to return Washington to the principles enunciated by George Washington. The earlier George had two excellent, bedrock principles regarding religion and public policy. First, as he wrote in 1789, "Every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping...
  • Backward, atheist soldiers!

    06/22/2007 9:07:12 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 141 replies · 4,032+ views
    WORLD Magazine ^ | June 30, 2007 | Marvin Olasky
    Books: Notable anti-religion and anti-Christian books of the past year—particularly Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great—make something out of, well, nothing. Nineteenth-century novelist Gustave Flaubert used to joke about archaeologists discovering a stone tablet signed "God" and reading, "I do not exist." His punch line had an atheist then exclaiming, "See! I told you so!" These days, nothing stops atheistic caissons from rolling along the bookstore aisles. Maybe that's because atheists on average have small families and lots of discretionary doubloons jingling in their pockets. Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation (Knopf), Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell (Penguin), and...
  • Inside the world of house churches

    06/22/2006 1:14:18 AM PDT · by Ranald S. MacKenzie · 128+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2006 | Marvin Olasky
    CHINA -- The government here tells Westerners to stay away from the illegal "house churches" spreading like wildfire throughout this officially atheistic country. But through contacts I was able to visit two churches made up of urban professionals this month, with the agreement that locations of meeting places remain unspecified and individual participants unnamed. A word of definition: All Chinese churches are supposed to register with the government and place themselves under its authority, so "house church" means a non-registered church and not necessarily one that meets in a home. Most do, but some in the countryside meet in caves...
  • Onward Gnostic soldier

    05/19/2006 5:56:50 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 23 replies · 993+ views
    WORLD ^ | 5/20/06 | Marvin Olasky
    Gnosticism is probably hotter now than it has been since—well, over 1,500 years ago. As The Da Vinci Code hits movie theaters and probably extends its three-year run on the New York Times bestselling fiction list, Gnostic books like The Gospel of Judas and The Lost Gospel are also prominent on nonfiction bestseller charts. Peter Jones, professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary California and director of Christian Witness to a Pagan Planet (cwipp.org) is the author of The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back and other books that critique anti-Christian doctrines, including Cracking Da Vinci's Code (Cook Communications) and the newly...
  • The Day the Social Gospel Died [Yale's William Sloane Coffin Jr. dies at age 81]

    04/22/2006 3:56:19 PM PDT · by rhema · 45 replies · 1,162+ views
    Human Events ^ | Apr 20, 2006 | Marvin Olasky
    "A long, long time ago I can still remember ..." That's how Don McLean's No. 1 hit from 1971, "American Pie," begins. The news earlier this month was that William Sloane Coffin Jr., America's most famous liberal minister from the 1960s through the 1980s, had just died at age 81. Obituaries noted that Coffin, recipient of an elite education in New England and Paris, had thought of a career as a concert pianist, but became Yale University chaplain in 1958. "February made me shiver, With every paper I'd deliver, Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step."...
  • Pat Robertson's Plan: Tighter Plan

    02/16/2006 3:55:55 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 20 replies · 451+ views
    Human Events ^ | February.16, 2006 | Marvin Olasky
    Virginia Beach, Va. -- These should be diamond days for Pat Robertson. He'll be 76 next month. The 45th anniversary of the first Christian Broadcasting Network telecast is coming on Oct. 1. Next week, he was supposed to be the main speaker at the closing banquet of the National Religious Broadcasters convention. But instead of basking in the renown that could be his as the founder of five major Christian institutions, he has received enormous criticism for statements such as his recent contention that Ariel Sharon's stroke was God's punishment. When I interviewed Robertson earlier this month in his CBN...
  • And what's your story?

    01/08/2006 7:27:40 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 15 replies · 631+ views
    World Views ^ | December 24, 2005 | Marvyn Olasky
    Some people ask how I became a Christian. Here's a World column from nine years ago that shows how God's action is central. It began, "I grew up Jewish in New England, a regular synagogue attendee until age 14, a self-declared atheist thereafter. Since Satan abhors a vacuum, I began worshiping idols made of paper: political writings on which I floated leftward. In 1972, when I was 22, I joined the Communist Party, USA." Party activities were uninspiring, but I had faith in socialist things unseen, and there were immediate payoffs as well. In 1973 I worked at the Boston...
  • Time Should Have Honored an Unheralded Person of Year

    12/23/2005 6:21:24 AM PST · by rhema · 33 replies · 916+ views
    Human Events ^ | Dec 22, 2005 | Marvin Olasky
    Time did well in selecting Bono plus Bill and Melinda Gates as its charitable Persons of the Year, but I wish it had also put a non-celebrity -- maybe a volunteer Katrina relief worker -- on its cover. It would have been good to honor one of the 9,000 Southern Baptists from 41 states who volunteered 120,000 days during the two months after the hurricane hit. During that time, they served 10 million meals and pushed forward cleanup and recovery efforts. Or how about someone from the Salvation Army: Those folks served nearly 5 million hot meals and over 6.5...
  • How Bad Was Media's Reporting on Katrina?

    12/17/2005 10:45:53 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 32 replies · 1,487+ views
    Human Events ^ | 12/15/05 | Marvin Olasky
    Last week, I wrote about the racism of the liberal media's Katrina coverage -- but that's only half the story. As I've been assessing press accounts of what was clearly the story of the year for 2005, it's become clear that press hysteria delayed rescues, prodded some politicians into making mega-billion dollar promises and may have created a long-term backlash. How bad was the reporting? You probably saw and heard stories of mayhem at the Superdome and the Convention Center, and on the streets of New Orleans. You may have missed the admissions weeks later by NBC, the New Orleans...
  • A Reasonable Religion (Author Rodney Stark on how Christianity changed politics, economics...)

    12/14/2005 8:22:25 AM PST · by Irontank · 5 replies · 425+ views
    World Magazine ^ | December 3, 2005 | Marvin Olasky
    Rodney Stark's latest book, The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success (Random House, 2005), is scheduled for publication next Tuesday. It's a useful corrective for folks in Austin, Boston, and other blue spots who think of Christianity and rationalism as opposite historical forces and philosophical concepts. The veteran Baylor professor discussed with WORLD how the Christian sense of progress led to political, technological, and economic advances. WORLD: How is Christianity unique in emphasizing the idea of progress? STARK: The other great faiths either taught that the world is locked in endless cycles or that...
  • A reasonable religion: how Christianity changed politics, economics, and much besides

    11/30/2005 5:33:26 AM PST · by rhema · 39 replies · 1,154+ views
    WORLD ^ | December 3, 2005 | Marvin Olasky
    Rodney Stark's latest book, The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success (Random House, 2005), is scheduled for publication next Tuesday. It's a useful corrective for folks in Austin, Boston, and other blue spots who think of Christianity and rationalism as opposite historical forces and philosophical concepts. The veteran Baylor professor discussed with WORLD how the Christian sense of progress led to political, technological, and economic advances. WORLD: How is Christianity unique in emphasizing the idea of progress? STARK: The other great faiths either taught that the world is locked in endless cycles or that...
  • Theory vs. practical experience

    10/20/2005 10:17:25 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 14 replies · 473+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10/20/5 | Marvin Olasky
    We now have trench warfare on the Miers nomination between two opposing armies, both conservative. In one set of trenches, machine guns blazing away, are National Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, conservative columnists led by Michelle Malkin, anonymous Judiciary Committee staff members and many constitutional law theorists. In the opposite trenches sit evangelical leaders such as Chuck Colson, James Dobson and Jay Sekulow, bloggers led by Hugh Hewitt, White House staff members, law professors Ken Starr and Lino Graglia, and many lawyers in private practice. From each side comes an occasional sortie, yet barring sensational developments we...
  • Miers unlikely to 'evolve'

    10/10/2005 12:33:51 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 95 replies · 1,632+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 10/10/5 | Marvin and Peter Olasky
    Question: What does Harriet E. Miers, a highly successful lawyer, longtime member of Valley View Christian Church in Dallas and confidant of the president of the United States, want more than anything else? Answer: The approval of the faculty of Yale Law School. Or at least that is the fear among conservatives. They worry that although Miers is believed to be a pro-life evangelical conservative, she -- like David Souter and Anthony Kennedy before her -- will be seduced by liberalism. As former Bush speechwriter David Frum noted after Miers was nominated, "The pressures on a Supreme Court justice to...
  • Olasky on Miers: "Blessed are the meek"

    10/08/2005 8:20:49 AM PDT · by Ringthembells · 18 replies · 221+ views
    World Magazine ^ | Marvin Olasky
    U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade joked last week that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers talks so slowly that the Senate should add an extra day to her hearings. "She gives my name four syllables—E-ye-e-d," said Mr. Kinkeade, who has known Ms. Miers for over 25 years. But there is nothing slow about the rush to judgment from both left and right following the president's surprise nomination of Ms. Miers, a relatively unknown judicial quantity. Before and after President Bush on Oct. 3 nominated Ms. Miers to the high court, WORLD interviewed numerous Texans who have worked closely with her....
  • President Bush, paradigm-changer

    10/06/2005 3:15:30 AM PDT · by paudio · 9 replies · 493+ views
    townhall.com ^ | Oct 6, 2005 | Marvin Olasky
    Maybe it's the judicial implications of her evangelical faith, unseen on the court in recent decades. Friends who know Miers well testify to her internal compass that includes a needle pointed toward Christ. Again, Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht told me she has a philosophy that grows out of evangelical exegesis and carries over into legal issues: "She's an originalist -- that's the way she takes the Bible," and that's her approach to the Constitution as well. "Originalist -- it means what it says." This goes far beyond the question of "identity politics" (let's give a spot to an...
  • The coffee-and-donuts defense (Malkin on Miers nomination)

    10/04/2005 11:22:35 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 98 replies · 1,824+ views
    Michelle Malkin column ^ | Wed. October 5th, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    President Bush tells us that he knows his White House counsel Harriet Miers' heart. I have no doubt that it is a good one. But a good heart does not a great Supreme Court justice make.  In support of Miers' qualifications for the job, longtime Bush supporter Marvin Olasky reports that Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht endorsed his fellow parishioner Miers' heart. At Olasky's World Magazine blog (www.worldmagblog.com), he writes: Miers has been a member of Valley View Christian Church in Dallas for 25 years, where Hecht has been an elder. He calls it a "conservative evangelical church...
  • Worldmag Blog : Harriet Miers is a Pro-Life Evangelical Christian and Originalist

    10/03/2005 11:08:03 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 186 replies · 5,356+ views
    Worldmag Blog ^ | 10/03/2005 | Marvin Olasky
    Folks, here are posts made at WORLD MAGAZINE's BLOG SITE that have testimonies from people who know Harriet Miers for many years. There is also a short analysis of why choosing Ms. Miers might not be such a good idea. I am posting them for what its worth... ======================================== Which side are you on? People are asking whether I support the Miers nomination. OK: I wish W had chosen one of the judges with a clear, on-the-record, conservative judicial philosophy, and then been willing to fight it out. In the absence of a clear record, it's important to know who...
  • Rockwell Rocks

    11/16/2001 1:23:54 PM PST · by sola gracia · 8 replies · 337+ views
    World Magazine ^ | November 24, 2001 online edition | Marvin Olasky
    Rockwell rocks! Fashionable art critics once had nothing but disdain for Norman Rockwell, labeling his idealized view of America as "Gee-Gosh-Shucksism." But Rockwell's work is enjoying a resurgence of respect; critics like him again—and even "admit it in polite society" By Marvin Olasky The World Series this fall included three improbable ninth-inning comebacks, but one going on now in New York City is even more unlikely. Manhattan's artists, students, and critics are flocking to the Guggenheim Museum, a shrine to abstract art, and admiring an exhibit, 23 years after his death, of the 20th-century American painter most despised by the ...
  • 'Dirty Harry' Christians

    09/15/2005 5:12:20 AM PDT · by Santiago de la Vega · 3 replies · 595+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 9/15/2005 | Marvin Olasky
    Where's the ACLU? This co-mingling of government and religious resources must stop! Church groups, asked by local and state officials to take charge of feeding programs at government shelters like the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, also held worship services and passed out Bibles. Pastors prayed with evacuees, offering spiritual as well as material help. The horror! Where is the press vigilance? Instead of exposing this blatant attempt to destroy the separation of church and state, reporters quoted New Orleans evacuees such as Dorothy Lewis welcoming the Christian service because she (obviously with false consciousness) believed that God...
  • Katrina and American individualism

    09/08/2005 12:24:19 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 7 replies · 422+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/8/05 | Marvin Olasky
    The American image around the world has taken a post-Katrina nosedive. "I am absolutely disgusted," said Sajeewa Chinthaka of Sri Lanka. "After the tsunami, our people, even the ones who lost everything, wanted to help the others who were suffering." The problem, some said, was "American individualism," with folks acting selfishly. Hmmm -- what about the tens of thousands of Americans individuals who eagerly responded to the crisis without waiting for governmental or collective directive? Before expressing disgust with America, please spend a couple of hours reading through Internet postings like this one: "We are a family of five. ......
  • WWJA: Who would Jesus assassinate?

    08/25/2005 5:40:10 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 124 replies · 1,485+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2005 | Marvin Olasky (archive)
    Liberal reporters since 9-11 have frequently equated conservative Christians with Quran-thumping Muslims, but the differences between the two religions are huge. For example, Islam initially expanded through the slaughter of opponents, but Christianity grew through the martyrdom of believers -- and the apostle Paul taught Christians in Rome, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink." Early this week, Pat Robertson, on his long-running TV show "The 700 Club," seemed more Muslim than Christian when he suggested that U.S. operatives assassinate Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Yesterday, he said he was misinterpreted and...
  • South Park vs. Ann Coulter: A jaw-dropping moment with one of conservatism's leading lights

    08/05/2005 5:47:27 PM PDT · by rhema · 114 replies · 4,746+ views
    WORLD ^ | 8/13/05 | Marvin Olasky
    A raucous red glare, bombast bursting in air . . . That's the face and sound of media conservatism these days, as celebrated on bestseller lists, top-rated talk shows, and books like Brian Anderson's South Park Conservatives (Regnery, 2005). That title comes from the cable cartoon program known for its helpful ripping of political correctness but its harmful endorsement of rage and sarcasm. These days, being a South Park conservative is in, and the working definition seems to be: Hit hard and don't worry about hitting below the belt, because there is no belt. If you counter the left's sputum...
  • Choosing the harder right (A soldier sacrifices whether we like it or not)

    05/30/2005 10:20:12 PM PDT · by This Just In · 8 replies · 545+ views
    World Mag.com ^ | May 28, 2005 | Marvin Olasky
    WEST POINT-TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-TWO. That was the number my birthdate drew in a national lottery that meant something, the draft lottery of 1969. It was sufficiently high that I didn't have to serve. My Yale roommates had low numbers but found ways to avoid military time. We all went to anti-war rallies and looked down on soldiers. People ask how long it takes me to write these WORLD columns that I've been producing for the past dozen years. With research and writing, typically a day, but it all depends on whether I can approach a subject with an easy...
  • Funding embryonic stem-cell research

    05/26/2005 6:27:08 PM PDT · by The_Eaglet · 3 replies · 255+ views
    World Magazine Blog ^ | 5/26/2005 | Olasky
    May 26, 2005 FUNDING EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH Social conservatives and liberterians should be able to agree not to have federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. As the Wall Street Journal accurately editorializes, "The Bush policy doesn't ban stem-cell research; it merely says that taxpayers shouldn't have to finance the destruction of embryos that they consider to be human life." It's similar with abortion: social conservatives want to change the law, libertarians don't, but both factions can agree that government shouldn't pay for abortions. We can and should distinguish among different governmental objectives. The federal government is constitutionally obliged to...
  • History the Right Way: Marvin Olasky Interviews Larry Schweikart

    05/25/2005 4:55:23 PM PDT · by LS · 13 replies · 423+ views
    World Magazine ^ | 5/25/05 | Marvin Olasky
    History the right way INTERVIEW: Were the Puritans puritanical? Did the robber barons really rob anyone? What made the Great Depression so great? Historian Larry Schweikart sets the record straight | by Marvin Olasky The search for a good one-volume American history that does not reflect liberal biases has gone on for a long time. The best candidate recently has been Paul Johnson's A History of the American People (HarperCollins, 1999), which is good but idiosyncratic. Now we have another entrant, A Patriot's History of the United States (Sentinel, 2005), by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, professors of history at...