FTNCI 081: Objectivism Book Study (Week 23) — Independence

The Objectivism Book Study met through 2022 to study Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, by Leonard Peikoff.

Our reading this week was:

-Values as objective 244-249 (cont.)
-Virtue (Introduction) 250
-Independence as a primary orientation to reality, not to other men 251-259

“There is a flow to history and culture. This flow is rooted and has its wellspring in the thoughts of people.”

That is a quote from Francis A. Schaeffer, in How Should We Then Live?

How should we live? That is the question to which the philosophical branch called ethics seeks to provide a robust answer.

What we’re exploring in the reading this week has a huge bearing on our understanding of theological topics.

Once again, we run into disagreements with mainstream Christian notions, especially the moral argument for the existence of God, which is often discussed by those who follow Van Til’s Presuppositionalism.

“Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”
-Proverbs 8:33-36 ESV

An area where we agree with Ayn Rand is that morality is practical, and it is based on life as the standard of value.

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