Atlas Shrugged, Part 1

A great interview this morning with Harmon Kaslow, producer of Atlas Shrugged, Part 1! Harmon is not only a great guy; he represented the movie well. Good questions from Mike Rosen, a big Ayn Rand fan. One of the questions that the host asked the producer was, “How important was it to cast actors whose […]

Self-Interest Among Christians

I can’t get over the instances of self-interest among Christians, and that, in the best possible sense: seeking one’s own pleasure in God. John Piper quotes David Brainerd, a missionary and a man of God. [Brainerd says that] “love is a pleasing passion; it affords pleasure to the mind where it is” But the object […]

Writing Perspective and Culture

As a psychologist, I think a lot about worldview — the way we see and interpret our surroundings. Worldview is so integral to the way we function that we often don’t notice it at all. We take it for granted, and it’s only when we meet people who think differently from us that we realize […]

Life with God: Suffering or Joy?

Joy and suffering. I have experienced my share of both. In my early years, my parents divorced and my life was torn apart. As an adolescent, I survived cancer through radiation therapy, and a related brain tumor as an adult. I have known the joys of family, marriage, fatherhood, several opportunities to apply my mind […]

Rational Self-Interest vs. Rational Sacrifice ?

At Brown, I studied the Middle Ages. Some call the period the “Dark Ages,” because of the violence and disease. A lot of that was perpetrated in the name of religion. In that midst of the chaos, I found the behavior of the monks refreshing. When they left their cloistered habitat to participate in the the […]

Individual and Community

Ayn Rand applauded a culture in which the interests and desires of the individual take precedence over those of the family, group, or community. Frequently, I hear “I am spiritual, but not religious” or “I like Jesus, but not Christianity.” Many people who are spiritually searching have had bad experiences with churches. So they want […]

Comments on Ayn Rand Biography

In Bloomberg article (interview) with a Rand biographer, the author says this: For people who are passionate about what seems to me to be an unrealistic view of radical individualism, she makes the strongest possible case.What she lacked was empathy and a sense that there’s a social contract. The interviewer betrays her view in the […]