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 […]

How is the GOP like Chocolate and Peanut Butter?

The two prominent camps within the GOP today are Christian conservatives (which include the “religious right” and secular libertarians (which include Ayn Rand-followers). Furthermore, these two subsets (religious right and Randians) are farther apart on many issues than the rest of the GOP. That said, it’s crucial for the GOP’s survival and thriving that these […]

Who Else Thinks the Role of Government Matters?

At the core of many political debates today (tactical or strategic) is the fundamental question, “What is the proper role of government?” Liberals, progressives, conservatives, libertarians… every political ideology assumes or has concluded something about the role of government. (See my recent interview with Thom Hartmann about a question that I wasn’t prepared for.) The […]

Don’t Curb Your Ambition!

This week, I was speaking with a woman named Susan about her Christian experience. She began explaining how she views herself. “I think I’m unique,” she said. “I feel like my passion for life and my curiosity, maybe even my personality and the way I’m wired, is more extreme than the experience of the garden-variety […]

What can be said about Randian Freedom vs Christian Freedom?

Freedom doesn’t mean without restriction. The fish outside the restriction of water, it is not free. When the fish is confined to the water, only then does it have the freedom to move about and thrive. Both Objectivists and Christians feel that they are the truly free ones, and that the other is in some […]

Do Christians and Atheists View Reason differently? [Part 1 of 3]

This three-part series looks at reason from two perspectives: a Christian’s and an Atheist’s. These two world views are represented by my two fathers. Part One of Three introduces the topic from The Soul of Atlas. I grew up with two fathers: John, my stepfather and Dad, my biological father. What made that more strange […]

What Do Lolita and Freakonomics Have in Common? – NYTimes.com

Interesting commentary on the Freakonomics Opinion blog of the NYTimes. First thought: This is the third or fourth time I have seen references to Ayn Rand on this blog. Second thought: It’s interesting to discover the perspective of someone I respect voice an opinion about Ayn Rand and Objectivism. When I read a good argument, […]

Agree More Than Disagree

More than one person has said that Christians and Objectivists agree more often than they disagree. I think that conclusion depends a great deal on context. It’s true that an Objectivist has less in common with an atheist relativist than a Christian, but that may be more relevant in some topic discussions than in others. […]