Are You What You Read?

It’s debatable whether you are what you read, but it’s certainly true that what I read influences my writing style. A recent blog by Scott McKnight entitled Tips for Writers speaks to that point. Have you ever asked the question, “Who do I want to sound like?” Of course, the best answer is “be yourself,” […]

Miracles, by C.S. Lewis, Chapter III

I have just reread Miracles, the third chapter, which Lewis revised in his 1960 version of the same book published in 1947. Most of Lewis’s writing slows smoothly. This was tough. He argues that the Naturalist cannot explain Reason’s existence as part of Nature. Naturalism, according to Lewis, tumbles on that vital point. The chapter’s […]

Reason as a Valid Means of Knowledge

Rationality is the recognition of the fact that existence exists, that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it, which is thinking—that the mind is one’s only judge of values and one’s only guide of action—that reason is an absolute that permits no compromise—that a concession to […]

Atheism and Supernaturalism

Rand’s Objectivism and Christianity are irreconcilable at points, atheism being the key. As a naturalist, Rand rejects the supernatural out of the gate. She makes no room for the possibility supernatural because she can’t perceive it. Even if her logic is flawless (and I have great respect for her logic), she will contradict Christianity at […]

The Spiritual Dimension of the Conversation

Mentioning Ayn Rand elicited either placard-waving pleas for her reason or torch-carrying protests of her philosophy of selfishness, with no fence-sitting, and very little balance. And I think Ayn Rand would have liked it that way. It wasn’t until Piper that I read a thoughtful Christian perspective. The title of his essay reveals his balance: […]

Objectivism and Christianity

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 […]

Brilliant, and a lot of fun…

As much as I admire Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff, and David Kelley for their brilliant and logical arguments, I actually agree with C. S. Lewis. And I think he’s brilliant. (I’m overusing the word, but it fits!) In Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Peikoff speaks about the universe as “everything that exists.” With that […]

C. S. Lewis and Scholarly Simplification

In today’s Wall Street Journal online, David Skeel writes about the splendor of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, and why he thinks this generation’s authors have not produced a true successor. In short, the article is nicely written and provocative. I quote a passage at the end that describes the reason for Lewis’s unparalleled success. […]