Mike82ARP Posted April 7, 2013 Share Posted April 7, 2013 @Xray. You wrote; “"Have you asked him how he builds in Rand's pronounced atheism into his recent conversion to Christianity? "Well, he, like myself, thinks atheism is not an essential part of Objectivism. He also came to disagree with part of Rand’s metaphysics.You are both practising a form of eclecticism then, i. e. picking those parts of a philosophy that you agree with. I personally am in favor of eclecticism, of 'patchworking'.From Rand I have picked "Check your premises", which imo is one of the best pieces of philosophical advice one can give, but it would be wrong and cause misunderstandings if I called myself an Objectivist since I disagree with many other Objectivist tenets. I also think that eclectism is an effective tool to poke holes into ossified doctrines and dogma. In addition, eclectism is in harmony with a universal cosmic phenomenon: permanent transformation. There is no standstill.That's why all attempts by orthodox grailkeepers (like e. g. Peikoff, orhodox Marxists, dogmatic religionists etc) to keep a doctrine pure and unaltered, and never allowing to question any part of the doctrine/ dogma must fail in the end. Well, we’re in full agreement here. I don’t think I ever claimed to be an Objectivist, per se. I’ve said I subscribe to much if not most of Rand’s philosophy with the exception of her atheism. Additionally, the arguments presented against Christianity thus far have been based on composition or straw men fallacies or fiat declarations (e.g. origin of the universe). I am not attempting to reconcile O’ism and X-nity, but am seeking to find the common ground they share. I continue to check my premises even where my “faith" is concerned and make changes when the situation arises. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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