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May 19, 2011

The Virtue of Selfishness

The Virtue of Selfishness

“I swear, by my life and by my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man…” This sums up what Ayn Rand believed. “Human good does not require human sacrifices,” she wrote in The Virtue of Selfishness, “and [good] cannot be achieved by the sacrifice of anyone to anyone.”

It’s easy to see why Rand rejected Christianity. She believed selfishness was better than selflessness. She even suggested we replace the great “I am” with the great “I.”

For Rand, placing others first was harmful. If only everyone would look out for themselves, she thought, we would have prosperity.

But Rand’s definition of prosperity was limited by her atheism. For her, prosperity was only financial. But we need moral prosperity, relational propserity, and character prosperity too. Without prosperity in these areas, others will be sacrificed on the altar of our selfishness. Let’s talk more about this at

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

Shrugging Off the Truth
John Stonestreet | The Point | May 18, 2011

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

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