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Marvin Olasky

About Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of World, provost of The King's College, New York City, and a professor at The University of Texas at Austin. For additional commentary by Marvin Olasky throughout the week, go to

Olasky is the author of 17 non-fiction books on American history, journalism, religion, and public policy -- including Prodigal Press, Abortion Rites, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue, The Religions Next Door, and The Politics of Disaster -- and one novel, Scimitar's Edge. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1976.

Olasky grew up in Judaism and was an atheist and a communist before becoming a Christian in 1976. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and has been a crisis pregnancy center chairman, a foster parent, a PTA president, a Pony League assistant coach, and a founder of City School, a Christian school in Austin. He is also a senior fellow of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and an advisor to many organizations and leaders.

Olasky has also written columns for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other leading newspapers; for eight years he wrote a column for the Austin American-Statesman. Philanthropy magazine called one Olasky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion one of “eight books that changed America.” President George W. Bush wrote the foreword to another of his books, Compassionate Conservatism, and called him “compassionate conservatism’s leading thinker.”