I am Mark David Henderson (“Mark”), the author of The Soul of Atlas: Ayn Rand, Christianity, a Quest for Common Ground (Reason Publishing). The reconciliation of these two influential world views is especially relevant to me because I grew up in both an atheist (secular libertarian) home and a Christian (conservative) home. More than that, finding common ground addresses the ever-widening divide in our country between the secular right and the religious right. There is much more that unites us than separates us and we need to concentrate on what unites us if we ever want to get our country back.
This blog is focused on bringing back that unity. My mission is to help like-minded Americans to work together on the principles that unite us. My particular experience relates to reconciling the two men who shaped my life. John, my step-father, is an entrepreneur, champion poker-player, movie producer (Atlas Shrugged), and a follower of Ayn Rand. Dad, my biological father, is a PhD, business school professor, farmer, and a devout Christian. Reconciling these two men and their world views has given me unique insight into the challenges we face today and the solution we must achieve together.
I write on individual liberty, personal responsibility, the role of government, capitalism, and a host of other topics that comprise common ground between conservative Christians and secular libertarians. I raise examples from current events and illustrate the perspective of each world view on the solution to the world’s problems. On occasion, I write about other world views and their bearing on the conversation about truth that has taken place over the centuries through the Great Books of the Western World.
What To Expect On This Blog
My goal is to create insightful, provocative, and relevant content that we can put to work in the personal, professional, and civic life of our culture and society. If you are in a position of leadership–or aspire to be–then this blog is for you. I typically post three to four times a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS or email.
Like most of us, my life has been defined by my response to challenges: my parent’s divorce, cancer in my teens, career successes and failures, marital hurdles, and a relapsing brain tumor in 2003. Just over ten years ago, my family and I moved out of New York City to rural Pennsylvania. While I love it here, I’m still experiencing some withdrawal from the life and ministry I left there.
My Professional Life
I’m a moderately geeky finance guy, but I studied Victorian Poetry and Neuroscience at Brown University. I studied finance at Columbia Graduate School of Business and earned an MBA. I learned finance through twenty-five years of investing in companies and working in the capital markets (equities, fixed income, and derivatives). Before becoming a derivatives and risk management consultant, I worked my way to vice president of Equity Research at ABN Amro, a European investment bank. Prior to my work as a sell-side analyst, I worked for a small investment manager, a large commercial bank in Boston, and a small regional bank in New England.
Some Personal Stats
I have been married to my wife, Kristin, for twenty-three years. We have three sons (12, 18, and 20 years old). We live outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, CrossFit, and just about every racquet sport. I am a member of Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where I have served as small group leader for the last ten years.
My Contact Information
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