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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted August 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM via web

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What are the basic tenets of Ayn Rand and are they compatible with Christianity?

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan says that he is a highly committed Christian and also a sincere subscriber to the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

I'm a little vague on Rand's standpoint, but to me, her beliefs seem utterly, mutually exclusive with Christianity. How can Ryan claim to be a Christian and a fan of Rand? Is it possible?

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litlady33 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted August 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM (Answer #2)

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AS far as I know, Ayn Rand's philosophy is one of egoism and individualism. She is anti-communist, but her ideas also suggest that if one earns wealth, he/she should keep that and has no obligation to share that wealth or help others if he/she chooses not to. I do think this goes somewhat against Christianity because Christians are called to help the sick, poor, oppressed, etc.
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shake99 | Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted August 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM (Answer #3)

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Ryan is probably referring to the Ayn Rand belief that people should be free to pursue their own path in life without being hindered or regulated by a government. As a political conservative, Ryan would support this idea.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 1, 2012 at 3:30 AM (Answer #4)

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Ayn Rand is not religious.  Most of her books are anti-religion, and directly contradict religious tenets.  This is strange, because social conservatives usually like and embrace Rand, including the American Republican party, because they support the idea of free enterprise even though it contradicts their religious beliefs.

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