Engage in Productive Dialogue; Tough Questions in Context

How should we engage in productive dialogue and embrace tough questions? Parties with opposing viewpoints on the issues should not be afraid of–rather each should embrace–the tough questions. Of course, each party must demonstrate understanding of the other so that they ask the right questions, rather than merely antagonizing. When it comes to questions of […]

Barriers to Achieving Great Strides, Faith and Reason

In the past few generations of American society, these two, very distinctive world views have stood as paragons for Faith and Reason themselves. Faith and Reason repeatedly fall prey to our inclination to avert complexity. They can be cartoonishly foisted against one another in simplistic bifurcation. In the twenty-first century, the term “New Atheists” has […]

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. […]

Does “separation of church and state” mean that faith has no place in political commitments?

Faith and Politics Does a “wall of separation” between church and state mean that faith has no place in our political convictions? Can a common faith in God lead to different pathways of party affiliation? Three panelists will discuss how faith has shaped their distinct political perspectives — and the high calling of respecting those […]

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 […]

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 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 […]