A Case for Common Ground, Part 5

Christianity and Ayn Rand‘s Philosophy: World Views with Surprising Common Ground As much as any ideas in our culture, Joy, Hope, Meaning, and Faith have been claimed by Western Christians much more than their secular—and certainly atheist—counterparts. Because Ayn Rand builds her doctrine on “rational self-interest,” Reason and Capitalism appear more closely aligned with the […]

A Case for Common Ground, Part 4

On the way to a comprehensive world view that reconciles what my fathers (Dad and John) taught me, I ask four questions that help me characterize anyone’s way of thinking. I ask these same four questions of Ayn Rand’s philosophy and of Christianity through my two fathers. In various forms and on many occasions, they […]

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 2

Last Friday’s post began a series entitled “A Case for Common Ground,” in which we address questions 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)? Both world views have exerted profound influence in our […]

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 […]

Evangelicals and the GOP: Couples Counseling, but no Lawyer

Michael Tomasky wrote an article for The Daily Beast entitled, “The Coming GOP-Evangelical Divorce.” Certainly, marital bliss can seem elusive when there are signs of discord, even apparent “irreconcilable differences.” Moreover (to stay with the analogy), I will concede that someone may be sleeping on the couch, but it’s too early to call the divorce […]

Ayn Rand on "Mystics of Spirit": Part 1

There is some common ground between Ayn Rand and Christianity, but sometimes they seem to be talking in different directions. Coming to terms is vital. For instance, see here as Ayn Rand talks about “mystics of spirit,” in which category she lumps all religion as she understands it. The good, say the mystics of spirit, is […]

Emotional Tension and the “Conversation”

The conversation between Christianity and Objectivism carries a lot of tension for me. Not only is each worldview intellectually compelling, but each is represented by an individual who has been influential in my life. The emotional tension stems from not wanting to alienate either by embracing another worldview. As a child, of course, their approval […]