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?
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.
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.