If we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion, what would our world be like? Marvin Olasky explores the answer to this question and more in his new book, World View. While regular readers of World Magazine may remember some of the columns contained in World View, never before has a collection of Marvin’s work over the last 25 years been curated like this. These 60 columns cover a wide variety of issues that remain relevant today, ranging from political issues such as immigration and welfare to social issues including homosexuality and racism. Marvin also touches on everyday conversations such as movie reviews, career paths and the impact of Millennials. While reading his commentary, readers will learn a new way to consider and respond to any situation in a way that lives out all biblical virtues, including mercy and grace as well as truth.
Read our interview with Marvin below to learn more about World View!
Tells us a bit about your book—what inspired you to write it?
Facing anti-Christian aggression, some Christians rant and others hide. Biblically, we should do neither: Our calling is to stand fast as long as we can and pray for God’s mercy.
What is the main message of your book?
Like Daniel and Paul, we are in societies rife with pagan belief and practice. Daniel worked alongside idol-worshippers and Paul saw that Athens was full of idols, but they did not try to smash them. Instead, Daniel studied Bablonian culture and spoke to kings in ways they could comprehend, and Paul reasoned “in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.” We should do the same, and the book shows us how to do that.
What was the hardest part about writing nonfiction?
Finding time to write while serving as World’s editor-in-chief
What is one thing you learned while writing World View?
Social fabric depends more on individual tailors and seamstresses in their families than on any decrees emerging from D.C. We keep government small only when most people honor their fathers and mothers while refraining from murder, adultery, theft, and false witness. When children are born out of wedlock or marriages break apart, or when affluent people don’t love their poor neighbors, government grows.
Do you have any advice for those interested in writing nonfiction?
Aspire to be a post-resurrection Peter regarding faith in Christ but a Doubting Thomas regarding faith in man’s institutions—which means poking fingers in the sides of both liberals and conservatives.
What are you working on next?
A book of short stories and a memoir about moving from Judaism to atheism to Communism to Christ.