Is there a perfect audience for The Soul of Atlas?

The Soul of Atlas is addressed to three distinct audiences: two explicit and one implicit. The explicit audiences are Objectivists, or admirers of Ayn Rand and Christians; the implicit is the listener, the “fly on the wall.” (Not that I think of any reader as a fly; it’s a metaphor.) There is also a sense of […]

What is wrong with the world? [2 of 2]

“What’s wrong with the world?” is one of the four questions that allows a person to become a bit more familiar with the shape of any world view. The Soul of Atlas juxtaposes two seemingly disparate world views: Ayn  Rand‘s philosophy and Christianity. The first part of this two-part post answered the question “What’s wrong with the […]

Who is the ideal audience for The Soul of Atlas?

The Soul of Atlas is addressed to three distinct audiences: two explicit and one implicit. The explicit audiences are Objectivists and Christians; the implicit is the listener, the “fly on the wall.” (Not that I think of any reader as a fly; it’s a metaphor.) There is also a sense of wanting both Objectivist and […]

When do I need to listen to the audience?

Sometimes, my audience is hostile. (Not all atheist groups, but some ardent Ayn Rand followers fit that description.) At least the audience doesn’t agree with what it thinks I am going to say, and that creates a barrier. Other times, the audience is happy, enthusiastic, and supportive. In either case, I need to listen. As […]

Ayn Rand and Christianity: Act Together to Break Down Barriers

Ayn Rand and Christianity: Act Together to Break Down Barriers When followers of Ayn Rand and Christians get together and ally with one another, as like-minded people, we can effect great change in the world. Separately, we will continue to fight against each other. Adherents of disparate world views like these two can be inclined […]

Ayn Rand and Christianity: Breaking Down Barriers Requires Understanding

At the CATO Institute, author Mark David Henderson says “a conversation between Ayn Rand and Christianity may have many outcomes, but at least one of them should be understanding one another.” The barriers that exist between adherents of each world view cannot be broken down unless we first engage, and second, understand. Misconceptions abound… I […]

A new world view conversation and “Why the Bookshelf Metaphor wasn’t lost on me”

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 […]

MRCTV’s Dan Joseph Interviews Mark David Henderson

I’m still getting used to the interview format, and the television camera is clearly not my friend, as you can see. Being deaf in one ear makes radio fun because it’s hard to hear during the phone interviews, but having mild paralysis on half my face is a bit unnerving when I know I’m on […]

A Case for Common Ground, Part 3

The Soul of Atlas is a very personal, vulnerable story that took me deeper than I might have otherwise gone. The context of my own life makes the conflict and the convergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy and Gospel Christianity unavoidable, as these two world views came to me through the lives of my two fathers. […]

A Case for Common Ground, Part 1

Today begins the next Friday series entitled “A Case for Common Ground.” The series addresses the basis starting-point questions of The Soul of Atlas, like these: Why is common ground important? What is common ground? And what is it not? Why two world views? And why these two (Ayn Rand’s philosophy and Christianity)? I’m sure […]