Does ‘Freedom’ mean something different for Ayn Rand and Christians?

Does Freedom mean something different for Ayn Rand and Christians? 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 […]

Now appearing, in my study…

St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Atlas on Fifth Avenue. What a scene! I am delighted to report that a substantially larger, poster version of the thumbnail contained in this post, now appears in my den, across from my desk. It inspires me to write about the conversation that is, and should continue, taking place. The conversation, […]

Three Pages

I came across a great website that offers some motivation to write. Although it comes through the back door, I’ll take whatever I can get. The website is called and it encourages people to write 750 words a day, about three pages. Why? Because three pages, written in the morning, is what The Artist’s […]

Three Pages, and Some Insights about Writing

Recently, I spoke about a writing site that I stumbled across called After tinkering around on the site, I spotted some feedback on my writing. Not that anyone was looking at my writing; that’s all entirely private and no one will see it. However, a computer algorithm has been applied to my writing in […]

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 […]

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 Do Lolita and Freakonomics Have in Common? –

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. […]

Lessons from Aristotle

A great article from I think the author hits more than one chord straight on. Martin Sandbu is the lead writer for FT’s economics. His book Just Business: Arguments in Business Ethics has just been published by Prentice Hall. I am delighted to say that I think he nails it! Excellent advice for bankers and business leaders […]