A no-holds-barred world view conversation
Now is the time for Christians and Objectivists, and everyone related to those two world views, to engage in a meaningful, respectful, but no-holds-barred conversation. The metaphor on the Barnes & Noble bookshelves wasn’t lost on me.
The Western world view up till now…
The West is becoming more pluralistic every decade. Most of us welcome the diversity of thought that contributes to a cultural richness that lacks in homogeneous societies. The expressive freedom comes with both a challenge and an opportunity. We tend to err on the side of blind criticism or unthinking tolerance. The first demonizes opposing views without understanding them, while the second accepts everything without recognizing contradictions and the practical implications of inconsistencies. Either mistake prevents us from understanding ourselves, the problems we face, and their ultimate solution. Both errors are preventable, and the solution begins with a conversation. If we wait to promote the conversation till some future time, we risk more polarization and become more entrenched in our ignorance and alienation. The conversation hasn’t happened yet. There’s no time like the present.
Beginning next Friday, The Soul of Atlas blog will feature a new “Friday Video Series” entitled “Ayn Rand and Christianity: Breaking Down Barriers.” The video series draws from a talk given by Mark David Henderson at the CATO Institute in Washington, DC.
Looking closely at the Barnes & Noble bookshelves reveals three titles in juxtaposition. In the lower right, Ayn Rand’s work (The Virtue of Selfishness, For the New Intellectual, Philosophy: Who Needs It) illustrate an atheistic world view that has influenced (I’m looking for a stronger word here) secular libertarianism in the West today. In the lower left of the picture, C. S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters) represent a Christian world view that has influenced culture and thought, particularly in the West, but also around the world.
The coming conversation
In an attempt to bridge these two worldviews, or at least to find common ground and reconcile them where possible, The Soul of Atlas sits between them. Note that this is not middle ground or compromise, but common ground: deeply held values from both perspectives. I hope you enjoy the series of videos on the topic and it spurs you on to engage on The Soul of Atlas blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter (a full list of social media links is on the right hand column of the blog). Thanks for tuning in. Keep pursuing common ground!