In today’s contentious political environment where reason, sound inquiry, and critical thinking seem to have been overwhelmed by name-calling, shouting, and protests, Marvin Olasky offers a breath of fresh air in World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life.
Olasky, the former editor of World Magazine, offers 58 of his columns from 1997-2016 for our consideration. His reasoning and arguments remind me of the home school debate league our son participated in, where debaters were required to understand both sides of the issue. He suggests how we as Christians might understand and discuss current political issues, usually offering information or facts that were new to me.
A Variety of Topics
Through these columns, Olasky suggests a thoughtful Christian worldview, loosely organized into several broad categories including Basics, Changes, Institutions, Causes, and Conclusions. He covers such topics as abortion, the constitution, education, transgenderism, immigration, and more, and suggests how we might approach these issues. Some of his essays are twenty years, yet I was surprised how current his thinking was.
While this is an interesting read, it is probably more useful as a reference book. The Table of Contents is somewhat helpful, although many of his chapter titles don’t make clear the topic. But it is refreshing to read thoughtful commentaries on political and worldview topics.