Where did your tax dollars go?

Ayn Rand was very clear on the role of government. Any discussion about how tax dollars are spent cannot be profitable without agreement about the rightful role of government. Christians have not been as single-minded on the function of government as Objectivists, more broadly described as “secular libertarians.” Ayn Rand said Since the protection of […]

80s Alternative Music Brings Christians and Objectivists Together

Christians and Objectivists can come together with this 80s Alternative music. I’m may be old, but not too old to learn from music lyrics from yesteryear. My college roommate, Todd, introduced me to Oingo Boingo, which quickly became one of my favorite Eighties bands. I didn’t pay too much attention to the lyrics, so I […]

A new world view conversation and “Why the Bookshelf Metaphor wasn’t lost on me”

A no-holds-barred world view conversation Now is the time for Christians and Objectivists, and everyone related to those two world views, to engage in a meaningful, respectful, but no-holds-barred conversation. The metaphor on the Barnes & Noble bookshelves wasn’t lost on me. The Western world view up till now… The West is becoming more pluralistic every […]

A Case for Common Ground, Part 5

Christianity and Ayn Rand‘s Philosophy: World Views with Surprising Common Ground As much as any ideas in our culture, Joy, Hope, Meaning, and Faith have been claimed by Western Christians much more than their secular—and certainly atheist—counterparts. Because Ayn Rand builds her doctrine on “rational self-interest,” Reason and Capitalism appear more closely aligned with the […]

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 […]

A Case for Common Ground, Part 2

Last Friday’s post began a series entitled “A Case for Common Ground,” in which we address questions like these: Why is common ground important? What is common ground? And what is it not? Why two world views? And why these two (Ayn Rand’s philosophy and Christianity)? Both world views have exerted profound influence in our […]

A Case for Common Ground, Part 1

Today begins the next Friday series entitled “A Case for Common Ground.” The series addresses the basis starting-point questions of The Soul of Atlas, like these: Why is common ground important? What is common ground? And what is it not? Why two world views? And why these two (Ayn Rand’s philosophy and Christianity)? I’m sure […]

Do Bible thumpers and Ayn Randians belong together?

I joined Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture, his television program, to talk with him about The Soul of Atlas: Ayn Rand, Christianity, a Quest for Common Ground. He open the segment with these words: Ayn Rand hated altruism, religion, and pretty much everything you associate with Christianity. So what’s an evangelical Christian doing championing […]

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 […]

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 […]