Engage in Productive Dialogue; Tough Questions in Context

How should we engage in productive dialogue and embrace tough questions? Parties with opposing viewpoints on the issues should not be afraid of–rather each should embrace–the tough questions. Of course, each party must demonstrate understanding of the other so that they ask the right questions, rather than merely antagonizing. When it comes to questions of […]

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. […]

All I ever needed to know I learned in recovery…

Ayn Rand didn’t deny feelings but she didn’t major in them, by any stretch. Reason and the intellect were her guide to life and behavior. I’m recovering. I can’t say I’m through it yet, but I’m in a process. What they don’t tell you about recovery is that it gets a whole lot worse before […]

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 […]

How is the GOP like Chocolate and Peanut Butter?

The two prominent camps within the GOP today are Christian conservatives (which include the “religious right” and secular libertarians (which include Ayn Rand-followers). Furthermore, these two subsets (religious right and Randians) are farther apart on many issues than the rest of the GOP. That said, it’s crucial for the GOP’s survival and thriving that these […]

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 […]

Do Christians and Atheists View Reason differently? [Part 3 of 3]

Ayn Rand champions a life of the mind. Objectivism claims Reason as its talisman and rational self-interest as its creed. In a different way, Christians also appeal to Reason. However, Reason itself dictates that the exclusive claims of each world view cannot both be true. John rejects Faith as arbitrary whim, while Dad embraces a […]

Do Christians and Atheists View Reason differently? [Part 2 of 3]

In the first part–Do Christians and Atheists view Reason differently?–I introduced the question and tackled the perspective of one particular atheist, my stepfather, John. He would not only call himself an atheist, but more particularly a follower of Ayn Rand, who said, “I want to be known as the greatest champion of reason and the […]