Sean Edwards states Christian Objectivism is a worldview that synthesizes the Christian faith with Ayn Rand’s philosophy called Objectivism.
It’s always nice when Objectivism attracts men and women to its marvelous philosophy of life. However, we must ask: “Is Christian Objectivism a possibility or a contradiction?” Let’s find out.
He agrees with the fundamentals of Objectivism.
- Reality exists as an objective absolute.
- Reason is man’s only means of perceiving reality.
- Every man is an end in himself.
- The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism.
He shows a good understanding of Objectivism…so I recommend reading the article.
Before we go into an analysis…I must tell you that I’ve read the King James Version of the Bible from start to finish. In addition, I listened to it on a series of audio recordings. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The Bible possesses much wisdom. It also presents events, ideas and beliefs contrary to reason.
5 Motivational Quotes from the Bible
In all fairness…before we begin a hard-hitting analysis of Christian Objectivism, here is some Bible wisdom for your benefit.
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone that asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 6:20-23
If you are too lazy to plow, don’t expect a harvest. Proverbs 20:4
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14
Do not be mislead: Bad company corrupts good character. 1 Corinthians 15:33
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 1 Corinthians 3:12-13
In this passage, Paul highlights gold and silver’s ability to withstand fire.
Now those quotes demonstrate the possibility of Christian Objectivism.
Rational Selfishness Versus Altruism
Sean Edwards claims “Self-denial and sacrifice are not bad things. They are necessary if we want to achieve everything God has for us. Self-denial and sacrifice are evil if they are held as ends unto themselves and made the penultimate purposes of our lives. Hebrews 12:2 states that Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. He did not deny Himself and go through the Cross purely out of self-sacrifice. He did it because He wanted the joy of redeeming His people.”
Well, I have news for him. Here’s where Christian Objectivism begins exposing its flaws. Altruists use self-denial and sacrifice to destroy independent reasoning and individualism. These purveyors of misery attempt to turn us into non-entities. That’s why they have to deny the axiomatic concepts existence, identity and consciousness. Altruism represents anti-life.
Mr. Edwards says “Therefore, self-denial and sacrifice have their place, but only as means to an end, and they must be completely voluntary. They cannot be forced onto anyone.”
Let’s face reality. Altruists use self-denial and self-sacrifice as a means to an end…a socialist society that reduces us to an existence in the Hive Mind Mentality. And believing its practitioners won’t force it on us is naive. How else could they possibly impose their evil agenda on disarmed men and women. Once you allow misery-mongers to seize your mind…you’re weaponless.
Imagine sacrificing yourself for the good of others. Jesus did just that. When other people start following his lead…it will be an altruist’s dream come true.
Jesus endured the cross for the joy set for him. Sacrificing yourself isn’t exactly experiencing the joy of your existence. It sets a bad precedent…supplying altruists the ammo to demand the lone individual’s sacrifice.
Self-Esteem and the Humbled Self
Allow me to give you my humble opinion on the subject. Wait a minute! Can you imagine an Objectivist with a humble attitude. It’s unthinkable. Here are some statements from the new testament…words of Jesus.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 14:11
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11
If you want to see your self-esteem battered and bruised…believe and practice these Bible quotes. They are completely contrary to what the rationally selfish individual values. Anyone who adopts meekness and becomes humble will never be an Objectivist. Will Christian Objectivism be willing to state that some of the teachings of Jesus defy reality?
Incompatibility of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Altruism
Ayn Rand firmly states “From her start, America was torn by the clash of her political system with the altruist morality. Capitalism and altruism are incompatible; they are philosophical opposites; they cannot co-exist in the same man or in the same society. Today, the conflict has reached its ultimate climax; the choice is clear-cut: either a new morality of rational self-interest, with its consequences of freedom, justice, progress and man’s happiness on earth—or the primordial morality of altruism, with its consequences of slavery, brute force, stagnant terror and sacrificial furnaces.
Let’s see what Jesus says.
If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Matthew 19:21
Give to everyone who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. Luke 6:30
A real Objectivist will not accept the altruism and the self-sacrifice the above quotes recommend. That’s practically socialism, not laissez faire capitalism. Some people are to receive the unearned and the victim is supposed to sanction it.
Matthew 13:12 Jesus showed an understanding of earning values. “For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even what he has.”
I’m not sure how Christian Objectivism can deal with the contradictions.
Who is the Savior?
If you’re a Christian…Jesus Christ soars as the savior. Objectivism has Ayn Rand…or maybe John Galt to lead the way, although I’m sure the term “savior” isn’t appropriate. Makes me wonder though. Do some Objectivists worship Ayn Rand?
I’m thinking…why not call her Mom. When I tell someone my mother is Ayn Rand and my father is Ludwig von Mises, I get a strange look…although one person asked me why my parents have different last names. Would it be better if we called these two greats saviors?
I’m sure you get the point. It might prove difficult claiming you’re into Christian Objectivism. Imagine going to an Objectivist get together and stating “I really admire and love Ayn Rand; however I worship Jesus as the savior. That probably won’t fly…although being tolerant of anyone who expresses an interest in Objectivism is the best course of action to take.
Miracles – Science Versus Mysticism
Objectivists believe in the power of reason to comprehend reality. Faulty reasoning doesn’t get the job done. Impeccable deductive and inductive reasoning does.
About Bible Prophecy lists 40 miracles of Jesus. They are quite impressive and inspirational. Here are 7 of them.
- 1. Born to a virgin – Miracles of Jesus
- 11. Healing a withered hand – Miracles of Jesus
- 13. Calming the storm – Miracles of Jesus
- 21. Walking on water – Miracles of Jesus
- 34. Raising of Lazarus – Miracles of Jesus
- 37. Restoring a severed ear – Miracles of Jesus
- 38. The resurrection of Jesus – Miracles of Jesus
The main problem with the miracles? They defy logic and reason. Do any Objectivists believe the miracles correspond to reality? Certainly not! How about Christian Objectivists?
Christians accept “sinners” with open arms. Objectivists can welcome those who possess some beliefs that contradict pure Objectivism. However, the acceptance of rational selfishness, reason and laissez faire capitalism is a requirement for claiming you’re an Objectivist.
If we only accept atheists…Objectivism will never capture the imagination of enough men and women to become a force in human affairs.
In addition, we don’t want to beat atheism or any other Objectivist beliefs into someone’s head. That’s acting as bad as the religious fanatics we criticize.
Well, how do we handle it?
We show understanding by asking skilled questions. We uncover the individual’s deepest feelings and thoughts.
We allow him or her to convince themselves that contradictions do not exist. A is A. Objectivism is Objectivism. Which leads us to the following conclusion…and some friendly advice for the person who is into both Christianity and Objectivism.
Christian Objectivism is a contradiction…not a possibility. Because of that insight it’s advisable to claim…you’re a Christian who also believes in some Objectivist principles.
RA Meyer – The Objectivist Masters the Social Maze