The following interview is the one where I play both the role of the interviewer and the interviewee. Not that my interviewers haven’t been insightful and provocative in their questions, but there is something more that I want my readers to know, so that they can assess what I’m saying in light of my beliefs.
On my website, for years, I’ve had this statement of what I believe so readers can know where I’m coming from. “I believe in God.” I put that on years ago because I felt it was important that people who read my work knew the perspective that I came from. It changes how people read you if you believe in God. It gives insight into your motivation, how you look at problems and how you deal with people.
So, here is my interview of author, Mark David Henderson:
How would you characterize your spiritual pilgrimage? Where are you now?
What is The Soul of Atlas about?
The subtitle of the book is “Ayn Rand, Christianity, a Quest for Common Ground.” Going back to Malcolm Gladwell, I like the way he describes his genre of writing as “intellectual adventure stories.” (see his article in Slate.com) I aspire to that, but I have been describing The Soul of Atlas as “narrative nonfiction” with elements of a memoir. It’s a discussion of two world views that have influenced our culture for the last 200 years. Despite their respective influence, these two world views have seldom been juxtaposed except in the most superficial of contexts. Perhaps more to the point, these two world views came to me through the two men who shaped my life: my stepfather and my biological father. John is a businessman, entrepreneur, atheist, and follower of Ayn Rand. Dad is a farmer, a PhD, and a devout Christian. I wrote about the conversation that played out in my own life through these two men.