The Legacy of Ayn RandCHARLES COLSON
Greenspan is not alone. A 1991 Book-of-the-Month Club and Library of Congress survey asked members which book had most influenced their lives. As expected, the Bible finished first. Unexpectedly,
Fifty years after its publication and 25 years after
As theologian John Piper puts it,
In Atlas Shrugged and her other writings,
Where did that leave altruism and self-sacrifice? As vices. For
But without altruism and self-sacrifice, how do people relate to one another? Ayn Rand says through exchanges that promote mutual advantage, what she called a “trade.” In other words, as if each of the parties were businesses, not people.
Rand’s inversion of biblical norms had predictable results: Scott Ryan, who wrote a book on Rand’s philosophy, called objectivism a “psychologically totalitarian personality cult that allowed
We’re not talking here about personal flaws or merely human weaknesses. As Ryan puts it, these abuses are “demonstrably connected to
Rand and her followers, you see, lived in a way consistent with her worldview. But you can hardly regard a philosophy that exalts selfishness and condemns altruism as the basis for a good society.
That’s why it is so important for us as Christians to understand our Christian worldview and to be able to contend for it, because it gets God right, and it gets human nature right, as well. You can find that worldview in the one book that out-ranked Atlas Shrugged. And you can call us here (1-877-322-5527) or visit our website for resources that will help you debunk the followers of Ayn Rand today.
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Charles Colson. "The Legacy of Ayn Rand." BreakPoint Commentary October 16, 2007.
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