A Case for Common Ground, Part 5

Christianity and Ayn Rand‘s Philosophy: World Views with Surprising Common Ground

As much as any ideas in our culture, Joy, Hope, Meaning, and Faith have been claimed by Western Christians much more than their secular—and certainly atheist—counterparts. Because Ayn Rand builds her doctrine on “rational self-interest,” Reason and Capitalism appear more closely aligned with the atheist intellectual community.

However, Ayn Rand has much to say about these ideas of Meaning and Faith—and even that which is left unsaid serves to instruct us. (Consider what she does not say about the origins of the universe or when life begins.) For example, Ayn Rand’s philosophy is profoundly metaphysical, while not theistic. She is driven by the truths she finds unequivocally objective; and she is by no measure either a nihilist or a relativist. Joy, like Meaning, may find a very different object for the Christian, yet it can be argued that Joy was Ayn Rand’s highest pursuit. Whether or not her detractors understand the idea of Selfishness as Rand meant it, they use that term against her with little room for engagement.

This is the final post in a Five-Part Series entitled,
“A Case for Common Ground: Finding Common Ground between Ayn Rand and Christianity”

 

While each world view challenges the other, their agreements may surprise you, as they have surprised me. In my life with my fathers, I set out to promote understanding. I pursued this Conversation. As a result, thoughtful people with disparate world views considered another perspective. The cathartic journey was, in retrospect, inevitable. The journey is the story. I could list the areas of opposition and reconciliation, but the journey itself has put the flesh on the bare bones of the intellectual puzzle. Each of the subsequent chapters addresses foundational matters in society. Both Christianity and Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s philosophy, have infused our culture with unavoidable perspectives that the Conversation of The Soul of Atlas will illuminate.

What ideas would you like to be a part of the Conversation?

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