Inflammatory Propaganda Against Rand

 In Bloomberg article (interview) with a Rand biographer, the author says this: For people who are passionate about what seems to me to be an unrealistic view of radical individualism, she makes the strongest possible case.What she lacked was empathy and a sense that there’s a social contract. The interviewer betrays her view in the […]

Can We Make This World Great?

Tim Keller addresses an issue that strikes more at contemporary Christians than Objectivists. I lifted this from another blog because I couldn’t resist. I’m trying to overcome a typical, wrong, unbiblical attitude on the part of Christians, particularly evangelical Christians, toward this material world. There’s a tendency for many Christians to think of this material […]

Knowledge and Happiness: Here’s how it happens

Objectivists also confuse the relationship between knowledge and happiness. I’ll start with my own guilt. The self-aggrandizing arrogance that causes “the smartest guys in the room” complex didn’t start with Enron, although the reference to their self-perception isn’t far off. The danger is not when we evaluate ourselves as the smartest among our coworkers or […]

Knowledge and Happiness

Objectivists also confuse the relationship between knowledge and happiness. I’ll start with my own guilt. The self-aggrandizing arrogance that causes “the smartest guys in the room” complex didn’t start with Enron, although the reference to their self-perception isn’t far off. The danger is not when we evaluate ourselves as the smartest among our coworkers or […]

Knowledge

Christians and Objectivists unite against the sentiment that ignorance is bliss. What you don’t know WILL hurt you. There is no sense in Christianity or in Objectivism that we should check our brains at the door, or that “not knowing” is somehow better because it’s easier on the emotions or the psyche. Knowledge and happiness […]

Christianity and Objectivism

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 battle between The Atlas […]

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 […]

John Galt in his own words

Thanks again to The Week and the April 24th article. I’m posting the last section of the article, wherein the author artfully posts some Galt quotes: The hero of Atlas Shrugged outlines Objectivism in a 60-page speech. These excerpts provide a sense of the character’s—and the author’s—intensity: “While you were dragging to your sacrificial altars […]