Mr. Olasky is editor in chief of World magazine and a professor at The University of Texas. He is also author of three books: "The American Leadership Tradition: Moral Vision from Washington to Clinton,""The Religions Next Door" and (with John Perry) "Monkey Business."
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  • Appeasement vs. Firmness

  • Fields of Drama: Shakespeare Rules

    “They’ll walk out to the bleachers, sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. … The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a | Read More »

  • Rove: Re-Imagining Politics but Not Governance

    Last week, when Karl Christian Rove, born on Christmas in 1950, announced that he was ending his White House life, pundits eager to punch back had the best of all possible worlds: They could write the summing-up lines characteristic of | Read More »

  • The August Drumbeat

    Should biblical churches host gay-glorifying funerals? Should evangelical politics move leftward? Many news organs give us one answer: Yes! The lead of an Aug. 11 Associated Press story seemed to expose a clear case of homophobia: "A megachurch canceled a | Read More »

  • Why the Bush Administration Communicates Poorly

    Democratic presidential candidates in their Tuesday night debate were ragging, as usual, on "cool hand" George W. Bush’s "failure to communicate," but I don’t think they get why the president, an intelligent fellow, does a poor job of explaining his | Read More »

  • Desperate Atheist Rage!

    Nineteenth-century novelist Gustave Flaubert used to joke about archaeologists discovering a stone tablet signed "God" and reading, "I do not exist." His punch line had an atheist then exclaiming, "See! I told you so!" These days, nothing stops atheistic caissons | Read More »

  • Denying Personal Responsibility

    In 1961, when astronaut Gus Grissom tried to avoid responsibility for losing his spacecraft, he said, "the hatch just blew." Or so Tom Wolfe reports in "The Right Stuff" (1979), which four years later became a great movie. That was | Read More »

  • Memo to Politicians and Poets: Fame Is Fleeting

    If you liked making bets you’d never lose (up to now), try asking the name of the American poet whose statue sits on the "Literary Walk" of New York’s Central Park. It’s not Longfellow, Whitman or Robert Frost. It’s … | Read More »

  • Gay Pride, Hot Dogs and Government

    Summertime in the city, when activities that would have seemed strange a generation ago (a gay pride parade) take on the appearance of normality, and the normal (eating hot dogs) is taken to amusing extremes. The gay parade late last | Read More »

  • The All-Heart Team

    ST. LOUIS — Barring a last-minute switch, Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein will not be at next week’s All-Star Game — but Sports Illustrated gave him a more important recognition this spring. The magazine asked 413 Major League Baseball players, "Which | Read More »

  • Independence Day: George Washington vs. Current Washington

    When the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Bush administration did not act unconstitutionally by sponsoring conferences largely designed to teach faith-based groups about federal grant applications, hard-core secularists were aghast: Here comes theocracy! And yet, the Supreme Court | Read More »

  • Status Symbol Vacations

    Why take a small child to France when his main interest is French fries? The Wall Street Journal’s Saturday section, called Pursuits, instructs business readers on what to do with money made Monday through Friday. One section this spring, typical | Read More »

  • It’s a Big World, After All

    Does anyone know how many commencement orators have said in speeches during the past month what we’re taught in song: "It’s a small world, after all"? The standard line is that improved travel and communication are showing billions of people | Read More »

  • Flag Day Principles of State Constitutions

    When Stanley Hauerwas, the Duke University professor dubbed by Time magazine as "America’s best theologian," gave a commencement speech at a Mennonite college a while back, he said he was glad that no American flag was in evidence, for "the | Read More »

  • Memorial Day, 2007: Why We Fight

  • Jerry Falwell’s Mountains

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Realtor Brenda Phelps likes to point out the sights to those contemplating a move to this city: "There’s Jerry’s church. There’s Jerry’s mountain." Once, when asked if Jerry Falwell personally owned that land overlooking the city, she | Read More »

  • The Major Religious Alternatives

  • Piercing the Skull

    Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me? Wrong. Sharp instruments break the bones of unborn children, but words can also hurt — or help. Two weeks ago in his majority decision Supreme Court Justice | Read More »

  • The Day The Old Journalism Died

    These days, reporters regularly gather to bemoan the demise of old journalism and the rise of blogs. Future historians will peg Monday’s death of David Halberstam, 73, in a California car crash, as a signpost of the old era’s end. | Read More »

  • A Presidential Candidate’s Personal Life is Not Private

    My column about Newt Gingrich last week generated a lot of mail — so let me dig a little deeper into this matter of political candidates and personal lives. Here’s a start: In 1999 Gingrich said that voters "have the | Read More »