'World' magazine's Marvin Olasky speaks at George Fox Sept. 13
As a special inauguration of George Fox's William Penn Honors Program, the university welcomes ...
Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, World magazine
Christian journalist and public intellectual
Friday, Sept. 13, 7-8 p.m.
The general public is invited. Admission is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Olasky is editor-in-chief of World magazine* and the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College. He is the author of 22 books, including Compassionate Conservatism, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue and The Tragedy of American Compassion. He’s also written 3,000 articles for publications including World, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. American.com describes him as "one of the country's foremost evangelical thinkers and writers."
Previously, Olasky was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin for two decades and provost of The King’s College, New York City, from 2007 to 2011.
Olasky earned an AB from Yale University in 1971 and a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan in 1976. He has been married for 37 years and is the father of four sons.
*World is a biweekly Christian news magazine whose mission is "To report, interpret, and illustrate the news in a timely, accurate, enjoyable, and arresting fashion from a perspective committed to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God." With 100,000 subscribers, the magazine is one of the world's leading Christian news publications.
About the Presentation
Olasky will present “Renewing the Christian Liberal Arts.”
Regarding his presentation, Olasky said, "I'll show that professors and students at many universities worship idols and bully others into silence. Christians, though, should remember and claim the ‘liber’ – freedom – in liberal arts."
"As C.S. Lewis notes in The Weight of Glory, we should strive not to be ‘like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea,'" Olasky says. "I’ll point out a biblical pathway to the sea through coming down the ladder of abstraction, learning to be citizens rather than subjects, and distinguishing between science and scientism.”
About the William Penn Honors Program
George Fox’s William Penn Honors Program is an alternative liberal arts general education program for undergraduate students set to launch in the fall of 2014. Modeled on the Socratic tutorial style, it is designed to hone students’ critical thinking skills by exposing them to classical texts and using discussion as the primary mode of instruction. Graduates of the program will be prepared to engage their culture meaningfully at the deepest levels – and they will be able to do so in a humble and gracious manner from an orthodox Christian perspective.
Meet Honors Program Director
Prospective students interested in George Fox's William Penn Honors program are invited to join us to meet the director of the program, Joseph Clair (left), and attend a reception with Marvin Olasky.