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 […]

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, […]

Respect for Christopher Hitchens… from an Ayn Rand-enthusiast and a Christian

Christopher Hitchens was a brilliant, articulate, and well-read critic of Christianity and Ayn Rand. I enjoy the way he presents his ideas with humor and biting sarcasm, even though he often targets my own intellectual conclusions and faith commitments. I have done some debating and I am often asked whether I have debated Christopher Hitchens. […]

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 […]

Common Ground: What do Farrah Fawcett and Ayn Rand have in common?

Most followers of The Soul of Atlas will wonder why Farrah Fawcett is appearing on a blog discussing Objectivism and Christianity. Simply this: Ayn Rand was a huge fan of Charlie’s Angels. In a respectful piece this week, Amy Wallace said Farrah told me, “Charlie’s Angels was never popular with critics who dismissed it as […]

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 […]

Are You What You Read?

It’s debatable whether you are what you read, but it’s certainly true that what I read influences my writing style. A recent blog by Scott McKnight entitled Tips for Writers speaks to that point. Have you ever asked the question, “Who do I want to sound like?” Of course, the best answer is “be yourself,” […]