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Christianity is Compatible with Ayn Rand

Paidion Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 11:00 PM
Ayn Rand's moral philosophy appears in university philosophy texts. Her moral philosophy is that any person X is acting morally if his action promotes his self-interest. This concept of morally right actions is the antithesis of what Jesus taught. Thus Christianity is IN-compatible with Ayn Rand.
Greg1084 Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 11:19 PM
Delve further. Rand's individualism does not stand alone. She might try to deny it herself, but the individual has no worth without natural law. One can try to believe in natural law and remain an atheist, but if any unwritten law is prior to written, positive law, the very idea presumes a lawgiver. This is a conundrum facing any atheistic libertarian or objectivist. It is also why the controversy remains about whether or not Aristotle himself was an atheist. He obviously believed in natural law. See his discussion of Sophocles' Antigone in the Rhetoric.
WodenofAzgard Wrote: Sep 11, 2012 1:34 AM
"She might try to deny it herself, but the individual has no worth without natural law."

Worth to who? Natural law is based on moral claims. Obviously there are societies that deny those claims, engaging in slave labor, etc. and obviously those individuals have worth to the enslavers and the enslaved.


"One can try to believe in natural law and remain an atheist, but if any unwritten law is prior to written, positive law, the very idea presumes a lawgiver."

I don't see this. Does the law of gravity presume a lawgiver? I see no reason to believe people's innate sense of fairness and rationality are or were bestowed upon them.
wiseone Wrote: Sep 11, 2012 3:56 AM
Why does the left boo God at their convention and then criticize Ayn Rand for rejecting Christianity?
WodenofAzgard Wrote: Sep 11, 2012 9:50 AM
Generally the left doesn't criticize Rand for rejecting Christianity, the left applauds her for it. The left criticizes her for her ant-govt regulation philosophy and her contempt for the masses.

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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