About Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky

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. 

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.”

We Can Make Room Feb 06, 2008

The conservatocracy is up in arms over whether John McCain, purportedly a "liberal," will be able to hold onto conservative voters concerned about immigration. A less-asked question is how he will fare with those evangelical voters also con... Read More

No Separation of Church and Screen Jan 09, 2008

New hits in politics and film all tell the same story: America is still a land of religion. The candidates, particularly Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee, are displaying their beliefs. Each of three big new movies — "I Am Legend," "... Read More

Seeing Beyond Politics Dec 19, 2007

It's important to care about politics. It's even more important not to care deeply. As Gutenberg College professor Charles Dewberry notes, "If politics can fix a problem, then Christianity is a lie." Christianity isn't about politics. It's ... Read More

Atheists vs. Grace Dec 12, 2007

On the roller coaster of history, we're seeing a hands-in-the-air moment as atheistic books soar onto best-seller lists. Some Christians are alarmed at the furious flurry, but there's no need to be: This, too, shall pass. Atheistic authors see themse... Read More