For any religious person who has read at least one Ayn Rand book (The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, We the Living, et

2016-05-19 11:25
What are the arguments you use to refute Rand's anti-religion contentions?
I have read Ayn Rand's Anthem, and Prometheus is basically just saying that he is his own god. You are your own god. No one is above you. If I am my own god, why am I so lame? That's my argument.
Ayn Rand is an atheist. Garden variety, with a objectivist view of metaphysics. Although it has other meanings in philosophy, here we are talking about Objectism as the name chosen by Ayn Rand for her philosophical system. Rand wanted to develop a philosophy that was all about living freely. The central tenets of her philosophical system can be stated as: Reality is, independent of our desires or prejudices; the best means for comprehending reality is thorugh our mind and reasoning abilities; that morality is best judged by what promotes human happiness and survival; political and social harmony are best achieved through freedom and voluntary associations. She had no use for religion, and her personal morals have come under some criticism. Her quote: "Man - every man - is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life." The problem with this is that altruism and charitable service is not a good. It is servitude. For this reason, humanism is often preferred. But objectivism and humanism both find atheism as their core belief, and the differences are few. Christians address atheism in the same way, as an attempt to find a reason to live in what they view as an otherwise bankrupt moral system. Ann's own life is not the example one would see as a model of restraint and charity. Rand's "thought," such as it is, boils down to two propositions. One is that selfishness is the highest of moral virtues. The other is that the masses, above all resentful of success, are parasites living off the hard work of capitalists far superior to them in every way..Self-interest is a useful concept, while selfishness is not. That, I believe, helps explain why Adam Smith is a first-rate thinker and Ayn Rand is an amateur.
The arguments that most religious people use to refute Ayn Rand's anti-religion contentions are based on the fact that necessary conditions are not always a sufficient condition. Ayan bases her philosophical thinking on objectivism, which is not always a reality for human nature.

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