What if we dumped Rand for Röpke?

Wilhelm Röpke

After addressing Ayn Rand's anti-Christian philosophy, I think it's important to propose an alternative. This is particularly important for Christians who defend the free market and would like to expand economic freedom. Just because Ayn Rand is of the devil doesn't mean that capitalism is too. They are not the same thing.Sadly, some people seem to think so. "I think Christians would be less likely to embrace socialism if they understood that the economic philosophy of Ayn Rand is compatible … [Read more...]

Ayn Rand, antichrist

Ayn Rand

"[A]s you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come." --1 John 2.18An interesting convergence of cultural trends and events has pushed Ayn Rand's name and views back into the news, including the vice presidential candidacy of Paul Ryan, the multipart movie adaptation of her 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, and the overweening policies of the current presidential administration.But libertarians and conservatives -- particularly those who confess Christian faith … [Read more...]

What Pat Robertson gets wrong about adoption

Pat Robertson, 700 Club.

When a woman named Susan wrote the 700 Club looking for answers, she surely wasn't expecting the kind she received. The mother of three adopted daughters, each from different countries, wrote to say that the men she was dating invariably got cold feet when it came to the subject of her children. "Why," she asked, "are these men acting this way?"Pat Robertson's answer left audiences with their jaws hanging low. "A man doesn't want to take on the United Nations," he said, excusing the men, … [Read more...]

The only solution to violence

Flickr, kcdsTM

After the shootings at the Aurora movie theater, the Milwaukee Sikh temple, and now Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., I'm hearing renewed talk about banning guns. It's something of a ritual, and the well-known rubrics describe the basic order of events: man commits atrocity, nation stands aghast, nation looks for answers, nation comes up short, people advise the prohibition of firearms.But Americans don't have a corner on violence, and it's instructive to see how such violence is … [Read more...]

Angels and the promise of a bigger world

Archangel Michael

Some people want the Bible to be untrue. Mmm, scratch that. Some people desperately want the Bible to be untrue. This desire can manifest in a number of ways, including finding ways of explaining scriptural accounts that undermine the witness of the text.One of my favorite examples of this is the scholar who announced in 2002 that the visions of the prophet Ezekiel were the product of epilepsy, not the revelation of God. Can't be divine, so it must be . . . a disorder . . . yeah, that's the … [Read more...]

What the light of Christ teaches us

Transfiguration

At the start of his gospel, John refers to Christ as "[t]he true light that enlightens every man." He was likely an old man when he penned the line, and I can't help but wonder if his mind traveled back to an experience of his youth, during the earthly ministry of Jesus, one in which he experienced that light in a supernatural way.Jesus had at times a large entourage, but he revealed certain things to small and select group of disciples. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell about the time that … [Read more...]

The sound of (blessed) silence

stuartpilbrow, Flickr

How often do we listen for God, hear the thoughts of our hearts, reflect, and pray?Our days are hurried, and that's problem enough. But noise is a real problem too. I'll speak for myself here -- you'll have to weigh how much of an issue this is for you -- but noise for me is nearly constant.My car stereo plays jazz, rock, folk, classical, audio books, and podcasts, but it always plays. My iPhone often doubles as a Spotify and Pandora jukebox when I'm not talking, and my iPod spins the … [Read more...]


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