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. […]

Is there a perfect audience for The Soul of Atlas?

The Soul of Atlas is addressed to three distinct audiences: two explicit and one implicit. The explicit audiences are Objectivists, or admirers of Ayn Rand and Christians; the implicit is the listener, the “fly on the wall.” (Not that I think of any reader as a fly; it’s a metaphor.) There is also a sense of […]

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 […]

What Christian did Ayn Rand Admire?

Thomas Aquinas believed truth is to be accepted no matter where it is found.  Many philosophical “bad guys” have come from the Christian tradition—on this, all can agree. But, unique among philosophers, St. Thomas Aquinas won the admiration of both Ayn Rand and the church. Aquinas helped reintroduce the teachings of Aristotle (“The Philosopher”) into […]

Ayn Rand and Christianity: Breaking Down Barriers, Q&A #4

This is the fourth section of Q & A from the CATO Institute featuring Mark David Henderson. After speaking candidly about his new book, The Soul of Atlas, the author fielded several questions including this one on how to engage those with disparate world views. In particular, Michelle Marston from the Becket Fund for Religious […]

Ayn Rand and Christianity: Breaking Down Barriers, Q&A #1

The next four posts include questions (and some answers) about The Soul of Atlas and common ground. In this video, Edward Hutchins from The Atlas Society asks a question about selfishness in the context of common ground between Objectivism and Christianity. Christian conservatives and secular libertarians can work together. When widely influential, yet substantially opposing, […]

Ayn Rand and Christianity: Act Together to Break Down Barriers

Ayn Rand and Christianity: Act Together to Break Down Barriers When followers of Ayn Rand and Christians get together and ally with one another, as like-minded people, we can effect great change in the world. Separately, we will continue to fight against each other. Adherents of disparate world views like these two can be inclined […]

Ayn Rand and Christianity: Breaking Down Barriers Requires Understanding

At the CATO Institute, author Mark David Henderson says “a conversation between Ayn Rand and Christianity may have many outcomes, but at least one of them should be understanding one another.” The barriers that exist between adherents of each world view cannot be broken down unless we first engage, and second, understand. Misconceptions abound… I […]

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, […]