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Christianity is Compatible with Ayn Rand

jpryce Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 7:14 PM
Now, CAPITALISM is compatible with Christianity, no question about it. Both ideas coexisted easily in early America. But in Ayn Rand's own words: "I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows." Her defense of capitalism is the END product of her philosophy, not its beginning. She defends it primarily on moral grounds, arguing that it is the only economic system compatible with either morality or human nature in general.
Mattieohmalley Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 9:49 PM
And she discovered what God had blessed in writing over 3000 years before hand. She was a latecomer. Proverbs 31 encapsulated the market economy thousands of years before Rand decided it was logical to have it.

By faith Christians understood the market economy as children sitting before the fire listening to parents read the stories in the Bible (Abraham and Lot and their great flocks and herds and wealth attained).

Rand took the long way around and then rejected the God who taught infants that the marketplace was blessed.

Increasingly, priests and pastors are preaching that socialism (in the name of “social justice”) is Christ-like. In truth, capitalism, not socialism, reflects Christian values. I think Christians would be less likely to embrace socialism if they understood that the economic philosophy of Ayn Rand is compatible with Christianity.

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