Good Christians Don’t Follow Ayn Rand


Atlas, Rockefeller Center, New York City 

It’s fascinating to see Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand posthumously elevated to the level of saint by conservatives who are allegedly driven by Christian values. For Rand was an aggressive atheist who condemned altruism of all kinds, writes Tim King in Sojourners, and “Grace, by its very definition, cannot find any place within Rand’s philosophy.”

As King explains in his short commentary, “Jesus Shrugged”:

Rand was clear that her philosophy, known as objectivism, was incompatible with that of Jesus. For her, any system that that required one individual to live for others and follow anything beside his or her own self-interest was immoral. For Jesus, any system or behavior that does not take into account living for others and acting on their behalf is immoral. Christians should take Ayn Rand’s words as a warning. To follow her and her vision, one must give up Christ and his cross.

You heard it, libertarians, go-Galters, and Tea Party rabble rousers: If you cheer Rand’s self-worshipping objectivist ideals, you cheer with the devil.

Source: Sojourners (article not available online) 

Image by Francisco Diez, licensed under Creative Commons. 

Carlene Byron
1/30/2011 8:30:57 PM

Carla, really appreciate your efforts to help all understand the cultural context of Rand's thought.

1/27/2011 8:31:18 AM

"Both of our evidence is anecdotal" Very true. At the end of the day my main issue with this article again is that it paints a picture of the majority of Christians following an unholy leader. It is just misleading and another way to deepen divides, misrepresent Christians and paint them in a negative light. You made another interesting point that I think does not get talked about enough and that is the neo cons using the religious right to gain power. Now those are also generalizations and the religious right is also a bit of a broad term but in general I would say it is very sad that the line between the two groups has been blurred. I think the majority of the problem the left has with Christians is really with neo cons not christians. Well maybe half.

Jordan Green
1/26/2011 8:20:53 PM

By the way, rodeen, I appreciate you taking the time to read my post. I should've been more clear in my agreement with you that I don't think many Christians agree Rand. I wish more were aware of her. I think most would reject her stances outright.

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