Marvin Olasky Announced as a Presidential Scholar
Olasky will continue to defend Kingsian ideas in the public square
NEW YORK, November 5, 2010—The King’s College today announced Marvin Olasky as the first of its Presidential Scholars. Olasky’s staunch commitment to the truths of Christianity and a biblical worldview makes him a fine candidate to defend the foundational ideas of The King’s College in the public square.
President Dinesh D’Souza envisions the Presidential Scholar program as a means to counter the attacks against God, limited government, and free enterprise that frequently appear in society today. It will eventually be composed of 10-12 scholars chosen annually to create an additional hub of intellectual activity around the College.
“Our nation is embroiled in many crises that are—at their roots—intellectual, moral, and spiritual. We need statesmen and stateswomen who will defend timeless truths against the aggression of the new atheism and those who would impugn limited government,” President D’Souza said. “This is why Marvin Olasky is a perfect choice as a Presidential Scholar.”
Olasky will be resigning his position as the Provost of the College in January to devote more time to his role as editor-in-chief of World magazine. As a Presidential Scholar, he will continue to organize and host the College’s Distinguished Visitors Series. The DVS brings leading figures from politics, literature, non-governmental organizations and other spheres to talk to our students in our Empire State Building campus. He will also produce quarterly briefing papers for constituents of The King’s College. His role as a Presidential Scholar will begin on February 1, 2011.
Presidential Scholars will actively engage these ideas in the public square using The King’s College’s location in New York City as its foundation. Through broadcast, print, and public speaking, the Scholars will engage, influence, and shape the national debate over public policy and the future of America.
“The Scholars,” President D’Souza said, “will both critique the assumptions of atheism and secularism and propose alternatives to these failed systems as they seek to defend God, limited government, and free markets.”
Additionally, Scholars will serve as mentors to the College’s faculty and student body. The King’s College seeks to prepare students for careers in which they will help to shape, and eventually to lead, the strategic public and private institutions of the world—government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. The College also encourages faculty to defend their ideas in the public square.
An education at The King’s College is grounded in politics, philosophy, history, economics, and theology. These disciplines expose students to the ideas that have shaped the world and prepare them to be citizen leaders in their various fields. Moreover, they are prepared to defend political, economic, and spiritual freedom. These three freedoms advance liberty, prosperity, and salvation for the world while simultaneously rejecting oppression, poverty, and evil.
The Presidential Scholars will help to defend the three freedoms in the public square, while simultaneously raising the profile of The King’s College nationwide.
The King’s College is located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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