The Impact Of Feminism -- By: David Wegener
The Impact Of Feminism
An Interview With World Magazine Editor, Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky is a Professor Of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, editor of World magazine, and a Senior Fellow of The Acton Institute. He played a key role in the debate over gender-neutral Bible translation and is a strong supporter of CBMW.
JBMW: Tell us your background and how you became a Christian.
I grew up Jewish in Massachusetts, barmitzvahed at 13, atheist at 14. Through my atheism, I moved further and further to the political left, so that I had become a Marxist by the time I graduated from Yale University in 1971. After graduation, I worked for the Boston Globe and also joined the Communist party. Then I went to graduate school at the University of Michigan in 1973.
During all this time I was fairly convinced and content in my atheism and communism, but God, for His own peculiar reasons, decided not to leave me there. In November of 1973, I came to believe in a God of some kind and this led me to resign from the communist party. For my graduate work, I had to have a good reading knowledge of a foreign language. I chose Russian since I had studied it at Yale in order to be able to cozy up to my Soviet Big Brothers. One night, through a strange providence of God, I was reading the New Testament in Russian in my room. I had never read the Bible before and as I did so, I kept saying to myself, “Why this is true, and that’s true, and that… ” and so forth. God also used my reading of the sermons of John Cotton, Thomas Hooker and Cotton Mather for an Early American Literature course, to draw me to Himself. I was courting and marrying
Susan during this time. She was from a very liberal Methodist background and hadn’t gone to church for a number of years, but we were both coming to a better understanding of the gospel. After we got married, we moved to San Diego where I had a oneyear teaching contract at San Diego State University. We decided it was time to see what a church was like.
After all this time, the only Christians I knew were the dead ones from 300 years ago whose sermons I had read in graduate school, so we got out the yellow pages, and looked under “Churches”. I knew the Baptists were a big denomination and I’d read about baptism in the New Testament. Under Baptists there was Conservative Baptist and, given my political past, I didn’t want to have anything to do with liberals. The Conservative Baptist Church of La Mesa was a few blocks from our apartment so that’s where we went. We heard sermons every week that were very basic “You must be born again” sermons, but that was actually what we needed.
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