What if we dumped Rand for 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

"[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...]

Divorcing Jesus from religion

Like all divorces this one is going to be messy.You're the judge, so try sorting this out: The complainant files papers saying she's trapped in a loveless marriage. There's neglect and even some abuse. The complainant wants full custody of the kid and certain rights and privileges to the house and the bank accounts -- none of which would exist if the plaintiff hadn't built them in the first place. This is roughly where we sit as people try to divorce Jesus from religion.The complainant … [Read more...]