Tony0617bHow can Christians admire the philosophy of Ayn Rand?
This is the question being asked by a group of left-wing theologians and religious activists under the banner of theAmerican Values Network. They claim that both Rand and conservative Christian stalwart Chuck Colson demand that people choose between her teachings and the teachings of Jesus. Politicians popular with conservatives and Christians—perhaps most notably House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.—are the group’s targets.
Anyone who has a passing familiarity with Rand’s moral philosophy, known asObjectivism, sees the conflict with Christianity. Whereas the Christian is called to an other-orientation—toward God and his neighbor—the Objectivist extols a self-orientation. The Christian is called to embrace the love of God; the Objectivist embraces love of self.