The Soul of Atlas: New Book Finds Common Ground Between Ayn Rand, Christianity - Yahoo! Finance

Posted by Mark 9 years ago to Books
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I would love to hear comments from anyone! I think it's the first book to treat these two world views with respect and seek genuine common ground.
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  • Posted by BenjaminGrimm 9 years ago
    When asked about religion, Rand said: "Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason. But you must remember that religion is an early form of philosophy, that the first attempts to explain the universe, to give a coherent frame of reference to man's life and a code of moral values, were made by religion, before men graduated or developed enough to have philosophy. And, as philosophies, some religions have very valuable moral points. They may have a good influence or proper principles to inculcate, but in a very contradictory context and, on a very - how should I say it? - dangerous or malevolent base: on the ground of faith. "

    I think that pretty much sums up the common ground for me. Objectivism and Christianity both teach "valuable moral points", but Christianity abandons reason and logic in favor of faith.

    That said, this book may be of value to non-Objectivist in showing them that the main stream media perception of demonizing Objectivism is false and why.
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    • Posted by 9 years ago
      Ben -- Great thoughts. I like your optimistic approach. I agree that there are aspects of Objectivism that Christians often don't get, but I also know there are aspects of Christianity that Ayn Rand misunderstood. There may be more common ground than appears at first glance.
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      • Posted by BenjaminGrimm 9 years ago
        I haven't extensively studied Rand's views of religion, outside of the fact that she was an atheist and that she included that in Objectivism. So I'm not sure which parts she may have understood or misunderstood.

        On a personal note, I was raised a Jehovah's Witness until the age of 12 when we were disfellowshipped. Through my teens and early 20s, I explored many religions and rejected each in turn. I became an atheist of my own decision, before ever finding Objectivism. For me, it wasn't the "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" that put me off. It was the "faith" in a higher being. In other words, I think you and I probably agree. As I said above, I think the book could help people see Objectivism for what it really is. I've added the book to my Amazon wishlist for when I get through the books I'm currently reading.
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  • Posted by overmanwarrior 9 years ago
    This is a needed book. One of the most frequent excuses people have toward Objectivism is that they believe they must be anti-God to understand the philosophy. There is a lot to be learned from religion and comparitive mythology that is very important. Although Objectivism says that you cannot just blindly have faith in something that defies reason, it does not mean that there isn't important aspects of the Bible and in religion generally, to learn from. Those who are most likely to enjoy the philosophy of Ayn Rand are also the same type of people who often find value in Bible stories, which is why both the Bible and Atlas Shrugged are two of the most popular books on the market over time. I'm glad somebody finally wrote this book.
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  • Posted by Skyscraper67 8 years, 9 months ago
    Awesome.
    I seem to have encountered someone of similar thinking. He calls himself The Christian Egoist, and his blog is all about how Christianity and Ayn Rand's philosophy are more aligned than you might guess. Not by compromise, but by a singular truth that both current 'interpretations' touch on.

    I am still learning about his ideas but I want to share this here since it seems relevant and I'm curious to know what Objectivists and Christians alike think of this.

    Perhaps the original 'Atlas' is...God? What do you think of his reasoning? He is a Christian who despises altruism and irrational faith. Check it out!

    http://thechristianegoist.wordpress.com/...
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    • Posted by khalling 8 years, 9 months ago
      skyscraper, egoist is in the gulch and posts regularly. How did you come across his blog?
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      • Posted by Skyscraper67 8 years, 9 months ago
        I actually met him in person first, and have since become drawn to his ideas and consider myself a regular reader of his now. I figure since I myself felt so strongly about Atlas Shrugged and found his thoughts on the concept of God interesting and worthwhile, I might as well share it with like minded people. I'm still investigating personally what I think of God, but his assertions are the clearest and most logical I've ever encountered on the subject so far. :)
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