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  • Posted by $ MikeMarotta 9 months, 1 week ago
    Has no religion, in your estimation, ever offered anything of constructive value to human life?
    Qua religion, no—in the sense of blind belief, belief unsupported by, or contrary to, the facts of reality and the conclusions of reason. 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.
    Playboy Interview: Ayn Rand
    Playboy, March 1964

    You can find the answers to these kind of questions on the Ayn Rand Lexicon. It is a book, but it is also an online presentation from the Ayn Rand Institute:
    You can find out much more on that under "Religion." Not much is listed under "Biblical."
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    • Posted by ewv 9 months ago
      From a letter Ayn Rand wrote to John Hospers in 1961:

      "To answer your remark on a philosophical level, I will say that there are over three hundred sects of Christianity, all of which interpret the Bible differently and all of which claim to be the only true version of Christianity. Since I reject the basic premises of the Bible and of Christianity as untenable, I do not consider it incumbent upon me to discuss or refute (or even to study) the particular interpretation of every one of the three-hundred-some sects. And if I were to discuss the issue with a philosophically-minded Christian, it is the basic premises that I would discuss."

      --- from Letters of Ayn Rand edited by Michael Berliner and Leonard Peikoff.
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  • Posted by $ richrobinson 9 months, 1 week ago
    I remember reading once that Ayn Rand was asked what would happen when she died. She said she hoped to go to Heaven, whatever the hell that is.
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    • Posted by LibertyBelle 8 months, 4 weeks ago
      I think that that is confused with a quote from a remark made by Francisco d'Anconia in Atlas Shrugged. He said that, and added (as I recall) "And I want to claim the greatest virtue--that I was a man who made money."
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  • Posted by $ 25n56il4 9 months, 1 week ago
    I don't recall any references to the Bible in her books. But it wouldn't matter to me. I have my own opinion and that's the only one that counts with me. And my friends all feel the same way I do. We love our Bibles. I even have my dad's Masonic bible that was presented to him in 1951!
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    • Posted by ewv 9 months ago
      I have a family Bible from the 1800s, an interesting family heirloom with family names and dates recorded in a large antique book. But the content is no better than any other version. Myths passed down from thousands of years ago is not a source of knowledge about anything other than what primitive people allegedly believed thousands of years ago, which ideas led to the collapse of Western civilization in the Dark and Middle Ages.
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  • Posted by term2 9 months, 1 week ago
    I could only imagine what AR said about religion, but I can tell you that I look at the tenets of the various faiths, and pick out the rational ones that I can agree with. Most religions (even Islam) have SOME rational ideas contained in them. Most of whats in the various bibles and books handed down from the mountains are garbage however.
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 9 months, 1 week ago
    Nice allegory, but not a rule book.

    The basis of philosophy is logic, not dogma, belief or divine guidance. No one's invisible friend is a basis for an argument, but you are welcome to have one or more invisible friends.
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  • Posted by $ Snezzy 9 months, 1 week ago
    I heard her say that she appreciated the poetry of the King James translation. She was speaking of the use of language, not the religious content.

    Parts of the Bible contain worthwhile suggestions, such as the Book of Esther, which teaches that Jews are not to bow down to kings. It also shows, with irony, "Be careful what you ask for. You might get it." Haman gets hanged on the gibbet he intended for Mordecai.
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  • Posted by $ blarman 9 months ago
    I wonder what she thinks now - regardless of the Bible.
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    • Posted by Lucky 9 months ago
      sarc on

      One or two contributors here have the incredible ability to read minds, they know what we think, what we do not think, this is on top of knowing what we should think.
      But now moving to a touch of modesty and reticence, there is this statement referring to the current thoughts of Ayn Rand, d. 1982,
      " I wonder what she thinks now .." This means that while the writer does not know, the writer implies that thinking is currently occurring, and there is the implication that the writer really does know.

      The dead have risen and their thoughts are known to an elite, and soon The Truth shall be known to all.

      sarc off
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      • Posted by $ blarman 9 months ago
        I don't accept the nihilistic position that Death comes with a cessation of consciousness. I hold that Rand's consciousness continues - along with everyone else who ever lived. Rand was very anti-religion in her day. I am sincerely curious what she would say now that her horizons have been broadened.
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  • Posted by $ prof611 9 months, 1 week ago
    As an objectivist for over 50 years, I would say that the only part of the bible I find relevant is the "Golden Rule". It seems to be applicable to just about any philosophy.
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    • Posted by $ CBJ 9 months, 1 week ago
      The "Golden Rule" is not applicable to any religion that advocates the use of force against non-believers. It also does not apply to philosophies such as nihilism or subjectivism, or philosophies that advocate unconditional obedience to authority.
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    • Posted by lrshultis 9 months, 1 week ago
      My problem with the 'Golden Rule' is that it is not a good governing rule. It calls for one to become a nuscience to those whom one deals with. Much better is the 'don't do to others what you do not like'
      which is a governing rule. It is like saying do not harm others and not like saying to doing something to others which can be harmful but is just great for those into sadomasochism.
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    • Posted by $ MikeMarotta 9 months ago
      No. Literally, yes, it does apply to "just about any philosophy" but it does not apply to Objectivism. See Solver's one-liner in reply. The error in the so-called Golden Rule is the assumption that everyone values the same things in the same way.

      Have you never done a favor for a friend who did not appreciate it? If not hostile (friendship being the context), they were ambivalent and unappreciative. Their values were not yours.

      As a literal statement the Golden Rule fails.

      You may want to interpret it as a broad intention for justice. We call it the equal recognition of the rights of others. But realize that it is very easy to construct social situations in which that does not apply. You buy a seaside site and build your home on it. Someone comes along and buys the shoreline and puts up a skyscraper that blocks your view. Do you go to the Planning Commission? Do you sue in court? Do you sell and and move on? What you do has not much to do with their rights. Hell, Howard Roark blew up a building... Could you do that to protect your highly putative "property rights" to a seaside sunset?

      Yes, if someone were drowning and if you were qualified and prepared, you might choose to jump in and save them, perhaps on the assumption that if it were you then you would want the same. Myself, I am a volunteer first responder (not for swimming) but I signed up and got trained and go to drills not because I would want someone to do the same for me. I can take care of myself and I am prepared to do so. My motivation is expressed in Atlas Shrugged where Ragnar and Miidas explain that it is in their self-interest to see society rebuilt as soon as possible. So, too, for me. I am capable, competent, and trained to respond to a large-scale disaster. The sooner we all get back to normal, the better it is for me. Their happiness is not my concern.

      Moreover, as for the drowning victim, some curmudgeon here might reply, "If I am stupid enough to be drowning in the first place, then let me go because I am unworthy of living." (Just sayin'...).
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