Spiritual, but not Religious?

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.” I applaud the courage and honesty of people who have had bad experiences with churches, […]

Who else has a perspective on Christianity or Ayn Rand’s Objectivism?

You ask some interesting questions about Ayn Rand’s Objectivism and Christianity: the differences and similarities between the two world views, Christian Libertarianism, Christian Anarchism, and Rand’s politics, and my own view. I’ll do my best, in a nutshell. Ayn Rand is a committed atheist. She believes in absolutes, but not in a Giver of absolutes. […]

Objectivism, Christianity, and Man’s Highest Pursuit

Through Piper’s Desiring God, I saw the beginnings of Objectivism applied to Christianity. Piper’s Christian Hedonism applies the principle of seeking one’s highest pleasure—the highest possible occupation of the human soul for its own delight and happiness—to the doctrines of Christianity. The conclusion of many Christians through the centuries, and the testimony of the Christian […]

Why are we more fascinated with evil than with good?

Thanks to Jim for probing. In a previous post I wrote, “The idea that knowledge of good and evil is what God wanted to keep us from misses the point of the Garden, God’s prohibitions, and the Fall.” To clarify, the point of the Garden was obeying God, not the knowing good and evil. It’s […]

"Longing" in Atlas Shrugged

Dagny Taggart is a tireless worker, a driven achiever and producer of value. All her life, she has aspired to reach her highest potential and become superlative example of rational self-interest. She longs for something that she cannot yet articulate. She wants it badly, but the world system of looters and moochers fights her with […]

Success and Meeting Michael Lewis

I want to meet Michael Lewis. Character development. That’s what he does so well. He takes an otherwise dry situation or very ordinary or obscure circumstances and tells a compelling story. He does it through character development. In The Big Short, he nails the characters. He paints some of the characters as misfits, social outcasts. […]

Spiritual, but not Religious?

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.” I applaud the courage and honesty of people who have had bad experiences with churches, […]

The Soul of Atlas: Ayn Rand Meets C.S. Lewis at U. of Penn

Catherine Elvy covered a recent talk at the University of Pennsylvania. Here is an excerpt of her article in the Ivy League Christian Observer. A tumultuous economic climate and move toward heightened government regulation is fueling a resurgence of interest in iconic philosopher Ayn Rand’s influential 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. Mark Henderson also is captivated […]

Talk at Willowdale Chapel, Tonight 7:30

Here’s the blurb for tonight’s talk at Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Ayn Rand’s influential 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, and her philosophy of Objectivism have seen a resurgence of interest lately, largely due to the parallels with our current economic crisis and political climate. Invoking C.S. Lewis’s apologetcs (Mere Christianity), Mark Henderson will talk […]

C.S. Lewis on reading the gospels

I have been reading poems, romances, vision literature, legends, and myths all my life. I know what they are like. I know none of them are like this. Of this [gospel] text there are only two possible views. Either this is reportage…or else, some unknown [ancient] writer…without known predecessors or successors, suddenly anticipated the whole […]