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 […]

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 […]

Ayn Rand and Christianity: Breaking Down Barriers, Q&A #4

This is the fourth section of Q & A from the CATO Institute featuring Mark David Henderson. After speaking candidly about his new book, The Soul of Atlas, the author fielded several questions including this one on how to engage those with disparate world views. In particular, Michelle Marston from the Becket Fund for Religious […]

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 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 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 […]

Why Do CEOs (Still) Love Ayn Rand?

I came across the article below on http://www.bnet.com. I pasted it below, for your convenience. How did a Russian-born novelist become such an influential “thought leader” for American CEOs, entrepreneurs, and MBAs — and even Alan Greenspan? Consider the message behind Ayn Rand best sellers The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which speaks to anyone with […]

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 […]