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. […]

What is your highest value?

Ayn Rand uses ‘selfishness’ to mean ‘self-interest‘. Even Christians are self-interested. Ayn Rand’s definition of sacrifice is more narrow than the common than the common usage of the idea. The more common understanding of sacrifice makes it easier to order our values. Most would agree that we should never subjugate something of greater value to […]

When do I need to listen to the audience?

Sometimes, my audience is hostile. (Not all atheist groups, but some ardent Ayn Rand followers fit that description.) At least the audience doesn’t agree with what it thinks I am going to say, and that creates a barrier. Other times, the audience is happy, enthusiastic, and supportive. In either case, I need to listen. As […]

Objectivism, Christianity, and Man’s Highest Pursuit

Through Piper’s Desiring God, I saw the beginnings of Objectivism applied to Christianity. Piper’s Christian Hedonism applies the principle of seeking one’s highest pleasure—the highest possible occupation of the human soul for its own delight and happiness—to the doctrines of Christianity. The conclusion of many Christians through the centuries, and the testimony of the Christian […]

Mark Talks with Dennis Miller on Dennis Miller Radio

Dennis Miller interviews Mark David Henderson on The Dennis Miller Radio Show. You may have seen it already, but The Dennis Miller Show this week! (Actually, it was recorded, so I have a pretty good idea what we’re “going to talk about.”) Before I went on the show, I was anticipating… And, I’m a little […]

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 […]

This Week: Approaching the New Atheism

This week, Mark Henderson will be addressing the Radiate 2010 Conference in two seminars on Wednesday, December 29th at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. His first talk is entitled “The New Atheism.” What is the new atheism and how does it differ from the atheism of past decades? What are its unique characteristics, and how may this generation […]

Rand Excerpt: On Christianity

I found this on the Objectivism Reference Center. The following excerpt is from a letter to Sylvia Austin dated July 9, 1946, in Letters of Ayn Rand, p. 287: There is a great, basic contradiction in the teachings of Jesus. Jesus was one of the first great teachers to proclaim the basic principle of individualism […]

Creator and creators

Ayn Rand wrote this in The Fountainhead, through the voice of Howard Roark: “The creators were not selfless. It is the whole secret of their power—that it was self-sufficient, self-motivated, self-generated. A first cause, a fount of energy, a life force, a Prime Mover. The creator served nothing and no one. He lived for himself. […]

Success and Meeting Michael Lewis

I want to meet Michael Lewis. Character development. That’s what he does so well. He takes an otherwise dry situation or very ordinary or obscure circumstances and tells a compelling story. He does it through character development. In The Big Short, he nails the characters. He paints some of the characters as misfits, social outcasts. […]