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May 18, 2011

Shrugging Off the Truth

Shrugging Off the Truth

Last month, the film version of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged hit movie theaters. It’s caught the attention of many who believe in limited government.

In the story, the hardest-working members of society are harshly taxed and over-regulated by the government. But when those productive people go on strike, society unravels.

We might agree with Rand’s stinging rebuke of big, intrusive government, but Atlas Shrugged is a gospel for Objectivism, an anti-Christian philosophy that elevates selfishness to a cardinal virtue, and rejects compassion and sacrifice. Why? Because she denied the existence of God and therefore the fallenness of humanity.

Elevating selfishness underestimates the destructive potential of human sin. Rand is right that government is not the answer to all of our problems, but she’s dead wrong about what those problems are. Therefore, her solutuons are wrong too.

We’ll talk more about Rand tomorrow. In the meantime, visit

Further Reading

Ayn Rand: Goddess of the Great Recession
Gary Moore | Christianity Today | August 27, 2010

Ayn Rand on Christianity
Objectivism Reference Center

Shrug It Off
Chuck Colson | BreakPoint | May 11, 2011

Two-Minute Warning: Atlas Shrugged and So Should You
Chuck Colson | The Colson Center | May 11, 2011

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