June 8, 2013

Soul of Atlas

Man oh man, the things I find in my email inbox. Is that a receipt from the NSA?

Blog friend sc sends a link to an interview of a guy who is writing a book...oh how can I put this?

A Christian scholar and author has taken the experience of growing up under the influence of a stepfather who cherished the objectivism philosophy of Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged) and his biological father who became a follower of Jesus Christ, to write a book about two world views that he feels can come together for the good of society.

Mark David Henderson's book, The Soul of Atlas, begins by asking the question, "Do the two most influential books in modern culture, the Bible and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, share common ground?" Henderson has a unique closeness to the subject of Rand's book -- his stepfather (who he simply calls John in his book) produced the movie version of Atlas Shrugged.

A very sincere effort.

'Atlas Shrugged' QOTD Posted by John Kranz at June 8, 2013 9:59 AM

Paging KA. Mister KA.

Posted by: johngalt at June 9, 2013 10:16 AM

I was thinking about this yesterday actually. (I have a lot of time to think while driving the tractor, being not the most mentally demanding work.) The area where Christianity, or any other religious faith, overlaps Objectivism, is in the moral lessons. As a form of advice and guidance there is little conflict between the two. Religion gets into trouble when, like government, it seeks to mandate. Or worse, dictate.

I would observe that Christianity and Judaism and probably Buddhism, which I know even less about, seem to be the religious traditions that have most evolved in the direction of individual liberty. This is the original "liberalism." Ironically, as America's representitive republic became more democratic and "liberal" in the modern sense, it actually regressed, more like the early version of these religions, and became illiberal, collectivist, authoritarian and egalitarian. The ill-named movement responsible for this is, Progressivism.

Posted by: johngalt at June 9, 2013 10:33 AM | What do you think? [2]