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Christianity is Compatible with Ayn Rand

LawEconUSMC Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 8:50 PM
There is no morality, per se, in paying taxes. If anyone thinks there moral obligations to their fellow man is satisfied by paying taxes they are mistaken in the teachings of Christ and the Church. If charity does not come from an act of free will, it is not in accord with our obligations as suggested by Christ or the Church. Faith IS NOT a rational yet unconfirmed belief? Who told you THAT? There is nothing rational about a faith in the Church or Christ. It is an act of free will, and BELIEF that cannot be explained rationally. Is it an act of reason to think something must have preceded the origins of the universe? Perhaps, but that does not lead to faith. You are missing a step here.
Mattieohmalley Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 9:16 PM
I consider my faith completely rational. It is irrational, in my view, for human to exist by accident. Not only that, it consider it irrational to believe that humans are the final arbiters of what truth is. They are too INSANE to determine that.

Thus, only a just creator is capable of explaining my existence as well as the billions of follow persons who have come and gone on this great global stage. To me there is no other rational explanation.

I rationally choose faith. To me there is no other logical explanation for existence.
Mattieohmalley Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 9:18 PM
Correction (sigh)

It is irrational, in my view, for HUMANS* to exist by accident. No only that, I*consider it irrational to believe that humans are the final arbiters of what.......blah blah blah dee blah...
bgmk Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 9:11 PM
Concur, Marine, there is no Theological or Ethical VIRTUE or "Righteousness" in Forced Charity. Jesus is real clear. It's Half or All of YOUR OWN STUFF and shut the phook up about it.
Charles the Hammer Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 8:57 PM
Don't go too far. There IS rationality in faith, and in the Faith. The whole point is recognizing that you, as an individual, does not determine that that Truth is. It exists outside of human control or determination, but NOT recognition. The problem is that IF WE ASSUME A NATURALISTIC/MATERIALSTIC WORLDVIEW, then there is nothing but what we create, as man becomes the measure of all things. This worldview is understandable if we assume the Western ontological and epistemological dualism that is so intrinsic to Western culture.

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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