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Christianity is Compatible with Ayn Rand

Kepha Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 6:11 PM
Sorry, but I think that Ayn Rand was another lost, embittered soul. Don't get me wrong, Replacing a capitalist class with a public sector elite is a bad move in my book. I've lived in one country ruled by a caste of socialist ephors (China) and visited two others (Viet Nam and Laos), and know how the first one "works" as a Faustian bargain allowing entrepreneurs to exploit the poor mercilessly (China's social inequality is greater now than it was in the 1940's) as long as they give the ruling class a cut--and the entrepreneurs understand that they live on the lip of a volcano that could explode any day in a new round of government takings. However, Ayn Rand makes a virtue of selfishness. That seems a far cry from an honest businessman
Kepha Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 6:15 PM
seeing a need and providing an affordable way to meet it.

Also, every Christian thinker from the Evangelists and Paul through Augustine through the Protestant Reformers recognized that man is a social being. We live with others, and need to contribute. Paul urged the thief to no longer steal, but work so he has something to give. This seems to be a far cry from encouraging a dependency culture (at which modern socialism excels), but it does not dispense with Moses' command to be open-handed to the brother who is in true need; and Rand, for all her Jewish heritage, had no use for that mitzvah.
JPK2 Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 6:39 PM
Enlightened Self Interest is what Hobbes (the Godfather of Enlightenment) believed to be the best solution. Enlightened Self Interest is another name for "selfishness". Thomas Hobbes wasn an athiesist, and an enemy of the Roman Catholic Church. As a consequence, the Church believed Hobbes taught a form of heresey which essientially led people to Hell through imperfect motives. Virtue, according to Hobbes, was one giant conjob. Instead, Hobbes taught that people should look to thier own material betterment instead of Heavan.

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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