Olasky and D’Souza
Christianity Today reported last week that Marvin Olasky, conservative commentator and editor of World Magazine, resigned from his position as provost of King’s College. This comes a short time after Dinesh D’Souza was appointed president of King’s College. In a letter to CT Olasky stated that, “It will come as no surprise to you that Dinesh D’Souza and I have different ideas about some things.” Many have chosen to focus on D’Souza’s Catholicism as the point of contention between the two conservatives, but as recent years have shown, Evangelicals care less and less about the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism as long as the political views are similar. Therefore itseems unlikely to me, a complete outsider, that this issue would really be what the disagreement was over. Also, Olasky and D’Souza are two of the more conservative writers on the Right today, so political distinctions also seem like an unlikely cause.
Perhaps (and I have no first hand knowledge to back this up) the issue is the old contention in the religious world of the roles of science and faith in understanding the origins of the world. In his brilliant work, What’s So Great About Christianity?, D’Souza argues from a theistic evolution viewpoint for the existence of God. World Magazine, however, has long been a stalwart for six day creationism. Is it possible that Olasky’s resignation had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with Genesis 1 and 2?