Craig Biddle, executive director of Prometheus Foundation, recently sat down with Dennis Prager at his home for a Fireside Chat about religion, Objectivism, and American values.
To date, the video has been viewed by more than 870,000 people (680,000 on YouTube alone) and is in the top four most viewed Fireside Chats ever. It is also the longest (1 hour, 20 minutes) and has the most comments (1,400), many of which are positive toward Craig, Dennis, Ayn Rand, and Objectivism. This is wonderful.
It was a fascinating discussion ranging from the natures of existence, consciousness, and free will to the proper criteria for judging people, including parents and America’s founders. As you would expect, Craig and Dennis agreed and disagreed on many ideas. But the discussion was cordial and benevolent.
Dennis asked tough questions. Craig named the fundamentals from an Objectivist perspective and held them up in contrast to the religious perspective. Dennis gave Craig time to make his points, occasionally expressing disagreement but never hostility. Likewise, Craig was relaxed and patient, he listened attentively, heard Dennis out, and replied in kind. It was a respectful exchange of ideas. And it’s a model for how Objectivists should interact with others when we have shared values but also differences.
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