Ayn Rand and Christianity
I had a conversation with a friend about the difficulty of defining a worldview when there’s disagreement among those who subscribe to it. What is Objectivism? More controversial, what is Christianity?
Even among those that style themselves “Objectivists,” there is disagreement about conclusions of reasonable minds. To the point, there’s a battle between The Atlas Society in Washington, D.C. and The Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, CA. It’s even more obvious that there is disagreement (a battle of sorts) between those who claim to articulate true Christianity.
So, for a layperson like me, it’s a challenge to articulate a Christian voice, except as it relates to myself, a Christian. But, it the context of writing a book, the audience I seek to reach is not interested in my particular view of Christianity. To narrow the scope of the comparison, I had thought about focusing on the Christianity of C. S. Lewis. After all, he has a great apology/introduction that was intended to introduce “Mere Christianity,” a particularly non-controversial brand.
But, after we talked about it, it seemed like it would detract from the purpose of the book, which is more about Ayn Rand than about C. S. Lewis. In other words, it’s the movie that’s really going to get readers interested. The “Christian Objectivist” audience is very limited, but Christians who will become interested in Ayn Rand’s thought because of the movie could be plentiful. Furthermore, Ayn Rand fans may be interested in a Christian perspective other than Ayn Rand‘s, with appropriate respect for her philosophy.
Again, always interested in your comments.
If you have read, or are reading, or even intend to read The Soul of Atlas, I would love to hear from you.
The Soul of Atlas by Mark David Henderson
You can read my reviews (I posted some additional comments for you to follow along) on Goodreads.com. If you are on Goodreads, please visit my author site and “Like” The Soul of Atlas.