All Posts by Jacob Brunton

Why Christians Should Reconsider Ayn Rand

Everyone loves to hate Ayn Rand—even, and sometimes especially, Christians. She’s the Left’s favorite bogeywoman, invoked as the dark goddess of capitalism—causing conservatives everywhere to run in terror, begging not to be associated with the “Guru of Greed.” Notice that Paul Ryan is still being pilloried for daring to appreciate Ayn Rand, even after distancing […]

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Before Rethinking Hell, Rethink the Worthiness of God

There’s a conference going on in my area this weekend. It’s called “Rethinking Hell,” and as you’d likely guess from the title, the point of the conference is to call into question the “traditional” view of hell as eternal conscious torment. The view which this conference suggests instead is often called annihilationism—the view that hell […]

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What Is “Knowledge” in Romans 1?

When it comes to a Christian view of philosophy––and especially a Christian view of epistemology––the primary battle ground is Romans 1. In that chapter, Paul talks about “what can be known” about God apart from Scripture. This knowledge of God apart from Scripture, Paul explains, comes “through the things that have been made.” In other […]

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Atlas Shrugged Essay (Third Place Winner!)

The following is the essay I submitted to the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest, which won 3rd place. If you haven’t read the book, be warned: there are SPOILERS below.  Ragnar Danneskjöld says he loves that which has rarely been loved, namely, human ability. What do you think he means? How does his position relate to […]

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How Marxist Thinking Is Seeping into the Church

“Why is Socialism Being Promoted by Conservative Christian Outlets?” That’s the question Joe Carter, at his Acton Institute blog, asks about Andrew Strain’s recent article at First Things. In his piece, Strain claims that free markets are “as mythical as unicorns,” and concludes that government intervention in the market, on behalf of “the common good,” is the […]

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Faith Is More Than Trust

What is faith? Atheist intellectuals will say that it is a substitute for reason, a way of “knowing” something to be true when there’s no (sufficient) reason to believe it–like believing in fairy-tales, or Santa Clause. Christian intellectuals–or, at least, the better ones–will insist that it isn’t a way of knowing at all; that it’s […]

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