Who is the ideal 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 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 wanting both Objectivist and […]

Coming Together on Culture, Part 2: Practical Issues

Coming Together on Culture, Part 2: Practical Issues: Tim KellerIn the last post, we talked about a number of recent books that critique both the Cultural Transformationist and the “Two Kingdoms” approaches to Christ and culture. But for many churches and Christian leaders the issues are more practical. Is the mission of the local church […]

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. […]

Spiritual, but not Religious?

Ayn Rand applauded a culture in which the interests and desires of the individual take precedence over those of the family, group, or community. Frequently, I hear “I am spiritual, but not religious” or “I like Jesus, but not Christianity.” I applaud the courage and honesty of people who have had bad experiences with churches, […]

Counterfeit Gods

The chapters in The Soul of Atlas that serve as the first examples of the Objectivist-Christian conversation are entitled Money, Sex, and Power respectively. It’s no coincidence that Tim Keller identifies these as the most prevalent “counterfeit gods” in our society today. (Full disclosure: I got it from him, not the other way around.) In […]

Redeemer’s Mission in New York City vs. Ayn Rand’s

After listening to Tim Keller talk about Redeemer’s Vision for New York City, I reflected on Ayn Rand’s vision for transforming the world through her philosophy. Remarkably, the two visions have several elements in common. However, the Gospel employs a much different means to reach the ends sought by Ayn Rand. Redeemer’s videos are also […]