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Statue of Atlas across from St Patrick’s Cathedral at Rockefeller Center

From the pages of The Soul of Atlas:

And with the image of Jesus carrying the cross, I hearken back to the statue of Atlas on Fifth Avenue, where there is a poignant contrast. Across the street from Atlas stands the majestic Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. There, facing one another, these monuments pay tribute to the world views of my fathers: Christianity and Objectivism; Faith and Reason. Each is resolute in its position and stands in strength. Yet, they could not be more disparate. Where Atlas carries the world, Jesus carries the cross. Atlas is a muscular, godlike Titan; Jesus’s broken body makes Him look frail and feeble. Where Atlas is a symbol of strength, Jesus’s strength comes out of his weakness. Where Atlas refuses to suffer and abandons the world, Jesus does something altogether different. The significance of His suffering is more profound, and consequently more moving than I had ever imagined. Instead of weakly accepting the world’s ill-treatment as a victim, He intentionally lays down his life for the world. In so doing, He redeems the world from the sin and alienation at the heart of the problem. I used to think that Jesus simply continued to bleed as a symbol of suffering for the sake of suffering, that He simply continued in order to be an example of martyrdom. If that were all, it would be a rather warped and pointless symbol.

Look at what I saw at Barnes & Noble yesterday

Sunday afternoon, my family and I went on some errands. At a Barnes & Noble not too far from us, I went to where The Soul of Atlas would be shelved and saw Tim Keller’s new book above it and Ayn Rand’s writing below it on the adjacent shelf.

The metaphor wasn’t lost on me

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. (iPhone5)

COMING SOON: The Soul of Atlas in a New Format

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Soul of Atlas is coming soon in hardback. Why am I announcing this? We’re bringing a new launch, coming soon, and I wanted you, as an interested reader of this blog, to know first.

As you can see, the jacket cover is similar to the cover of the paperback. Some people (not many) have asked for a hardback, but that’s not the real reason it’s coming. The Soul of Atlas is my first book, and well, you can imagine I am excited to feel it and see it in every form imaginable.

While there has been very little promotion around the Kindle version, that is available now, too.

Stay tuned for more!

I don’t want to overreact, but I don’t doubt that there was targeting going on. I think there are legitimate reasons to be concerned that certain groups will continue to be targeted.

To what extent are the Tea Party members being inappropriately paranoid?