Talk at Willowdale Chapel, Tonight 7:30

Here’s the blurb for tonight’s talk at Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Ayn Rand’s influential 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, and her philosophy of Objectivism have seen a resurgence of interest lately, largely due to the parallels with our current economic crisis and political climate. Invoking C.S. Lewis’s apologetcs (Mere Christianity), Mark Henderson will talk about his personal struggle with Ayn Rand’s ideas on individualism, money, power, sex, and identity in light of his Christian worldview.

Our speaker, Mark Henderson has lived the Objectivist-Christian conversation. Raised by two devout Objectivists–his mother and step-father–Objectivism was the “house religion” and a normal part of the family dinner conversation. Mark has been studying Objectivism for over 30 years, and Christianity since his teens. His studies of both worldviews helped shape his literature major at Brown University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1987. He also earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1998.

His experience as a financial professional extends from Wall Street investment banks to Main Street commercial banks, observing the global capital markets from the 1987 stock market crash to the present global economic downturn. Today, he helps companies manage risk using derivatives.

Mark has been an elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, and now attends Willowdale with his wife Kristin and three sons. The Soul of Atlas is the title of his soon to be published book on the Objectivist-Christian dialogue.

I look forward to seeing you there, and meeting you personally. Please stop by and say hello.