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My Take: Christianity and Ayn Rand's philosophy are 2 distinct religions
Ayn Rand's book "The Fountainhead" and the Bible.
August 15th, 2012
11:29 AM ET

My Take: Christianity and Ayn Rand's philosophy are 2 distinct religions

Editor's note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Now that one of the Republican Party’s least ideological men (Mitt Romney) has christened one of the GOP’s most ideological men (Paul Ryan) as his running mate, Ayn Rand is back in the news.

Ryan, who used to give away Rand’s novel "Atlas Shrugged" for Christmas, once described this Russian-born preacher of heroic individualism as "the reason I got into public service.” “There is no better place to find the moral case for capitalism and individualism," he told the pro-Rand Atlas Society in 2005, "than through Ayn Rand’s writings and works."

Ryan’s religious conservatism obviously distinguishes him from Rand, an atheist who despised efforts by Ronald Reagan and others to marry church and state. And recently Ryan has tried to distance himself from her.

In an April interview with the National Review, he rooted his controversial budget plan, not in Rand’s laissez-faire philosophizing, but in Catholic values. “Don’t give me Ayn Rand,” he said. “Give me Thomas Aquinas.”

Which makes me wonder just how these two influences on Ryan stack up against one another. Is it possible to love Aquinas and Rand at the same time? About as possible as loving God and mammon since Christianity and Randism are, in my view, two competing religions.

I know that Rand was an atheist, so it may seem like a stretch to call Randism a religion. But there are plenty of religions (Buddhism, for example) that have rejected God. And like Christianity, Randism has its founder, its scriptures and its miracles (since in the Gospel of Ayn Rand there isn't anything laissez-faire capitalism and its secular saints cannot do).

Randism also has its committed devotees, including former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and conservative talk-show hosts Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, not to mention the myriad commenters (see below) who will no doubt object to my efforts to brand her atheism a religion.

Here are five big differences I see between the  theologies of Christianity and Randism:

1. Jesus preached the virtue of selflessness; Rand wrote a book called "The Virtue of Selfishness" (1964). Altruism is evil, she argued, and egoism the only true ethics.

2. The Apostle Paul called the love of money the root of all evil. Rand wore a dollar sign brooch and saw to it that a florid dollar sign stood guard by her casket at her funeral. She also put a love letter to the almighty dollar on the lips of one of her "Atlas Shrugged" heroes, copper magnate Francisco d’Anconia (a speech Ryan has said he returns to repeatedly when pondering monetary policy). There d’Anconia calls money “the root of all good."

3. “Blessed are the poor,” Jesus says in the Gospel of Luke. And he says in the Gospel of Matthew that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” In the Gospel according to Ayn Rand, however, it is the “traders” (“job creators” in modern parlance) who like Atlas carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, while the poor are denounced as “moochers” and “looters."

4. The hope of the Christian gospel is the kingdom of God, but Rand's objectivist philosophy opposes "collectivism" at every turn. “Man - every man - is an end in himself, he exists for his own sake,” the inventor John Galt proclaims in "Atlas Shrugged," “and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose.”

5. The ultimate concern of Christianity is God. The ultimate concern of Randism is the unfettered freedom of the individual. While the Christian Trinity comprise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Rand’s Trinity is I, me, mine.

For years, Ryan and other conservative Republicans have been trying to have their Jesus Christ and their Ayn Rand,  too. But the two clash at least as much as an Obama/Ryan ticket.

Conservative icon William F. Buckley rightly recognized this fundamental incompatibility, running a blistering review of "Atlas Shrugged"in his National Review and denouncing that novel himself in a Charlie Rose interview as "a thousand pages of ideological fabulism.”

Evangelical leader Chuck Colson was equally critical, referring to Rand’s “idolatry of self and selfishness” as “the antithesis of Christianity.”

To his credit, Ryan seems to be acknowledging the gap between Randism and Christianity by attempting in recent months to distance himself from an intellectual mentor and emphasizing instead the Catholic roots of his budget plan.

But as Jesus once said, “By your fruits you shall know them” (Matthew 7:16), and I for one still see much more Rand than Jesus in Ryan’s Robin Hood budget.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this piece said that Jesus called the love of money the root of all evil. The statement should have been attributed to the Apostle Paul.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Atheism • Christianity • Economy • Paul Ryan • Politics • United States

soundoff (1,069 Responses)
  1. Fred Keyes

    A lot of us I think reject Randism, but we don't act like it. We have become materialist to the core–"I've got mine!!"

    August 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The GOT say Paul Ryan is a fiscal hawk with the expertise and knowhow to balance the budget and get America back on the path to fiscal leadership and economic growth...Really? Hehe...under Paul Ryan's fiscal leadership in which the repugs controlled both the House and Senate and the Executive branch for 8 years, we didn't end up with a stable and thriving America. No, these jokers turned a surplus into a deficit and upended America with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Hehe...Paul Ryan is not the solution. He's the PROBLEM. Obama/Biden/Roberts 2012!

    August 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Dan

      Surplus? Come do you really believe we had anything more than accounting shennangins? We had a surplus for a couple of years under Clinton as defined by the amount of revenue taken in vs. the budgeted amount for each of those given years. Was this good? It was a step in the right direction, but if you look at the National Debt year over year for every Presidential administration (Republican and Democrat) in our lifetime (im 51), you will see it has increased WITHOUT stopping. Also, much of the monetary and fiscal policies during this time, specifically "Mark to Market" hedging and unfettered lending in "Under Served" markets (to mostly non-credit worthy borrowers) and the resulting greed which occurred as a result of these policies, led us to the financial meltdown. None of it is a good thing.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Dan

      Put another way, "We have met the enemy and he is us" We want more and more consideration and help from our government in ever increasing ways. More money and programs for the youth, for seniors, for retirees, for the military, for homeowners, and the list goes on and on. In essence, the credit cards are all maxed out! Our currency, Federal Reserve Notes, are backed by the full faith of the US Govt. The same govt that got is credit rating reduced. We need to reign in spending. People seem to think that by cutting spending we will not impact job creation in this country. There is both positive and negative impacts as with anything. But we have lots of businesses small and large in this country that either cannot make investments in expanding their businesses due to the availabilty of capital credit or if they have cash are reluctant to invest too much in expansion given the state of our govt's credit obligations and debt.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  3. heybob

    I love everything about this, except maybe for the "Randism" bit , but it's really nice to see an educated Christian. I can't tell you how many times I hear uneducated buffoons who blindly follow the Republican party. This makes no sense at all when you look at it. The ideologies clash like wearing brown and black. Unfortunately I don't think a lot of people are going to realize this and still vote for Republicans because of a few social issues. 😦

    August 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  4. ArthurP

    You know you have to feel sorry for the Republicans. Being and old they are way behind the times and have yet to discover this thing called the Internet and the impact that it can have. A simple search on this chap would have easily turned up the Rand albatross but alas now they are stuck with it. (Palin The Movie, Part 2)

    August 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  5. Howard

    Steven Prothero is a typical muckraker who is trying to create controversy over a fake premise. Individualism and ambition can coexist along with Christianity ... In fact, for the past 236 years, this combination helped build the freest, most successful country in the world. Prothero, like Obama promotes and feeds on divisiveness.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  6. independent jim

    Ryan is just like everyother Republican Politician ...they will believe in anything that will get them a vote Romney has changed positions on every thing from abortion to auto bailouts to gun control ..nothing new for a Republican

    August 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  7. asm_ith

    Just goes to show Ryan's hypocrisy and inconsistency. He claims to adhere to Rand's economic beliefs while simultaneously adhering to his Catholicism. At the same time, his policy suggestions are denounced by clergy and bishops of various religions. This is analogous with those who claim things to be based on the Bible, which they decide by picking and choosing verses that support what they want while ignoring those verses that dispute their arguments.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  8. setnommarih

    In the end 99% of us are doing things for our own benefit. Do you go to school or college for someone else? Do you work and give ALL your earnings to someone else. When you eat are you chewing food for someone else? When you buy something are you buying it for someone else. Altruism can very likely result in less for everyone because if a maker gives away his/her assets that person has nothing on which to build on in order to assist more people, hence the giver ends up with nothing to give.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      perhaps with you it's 99%, but not everyone is in your boat. not everyone is so selfish.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Jim in PA

      Actually I do spend most of my earnings on someone else; my children. Don't get me wrong, once in a while a splurge for a new pair of pants at KMart. And no, I expect nothing in return in the short or long view. When you love, you give. Ayn Rand had all the characteristics of a sociopath incapable of love.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Jake

      And when the next time when I so unfortunately see your son daughter or you even in the street in an accident, instead of helping I'll just put a card down telling you that the hours of work I would miss in helping you or your loved ones was more important to me at the time....so unfortunately your loved ones had to die...since I was merely loving myself first. That should bring comfort you, yes?

      August 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • ChrisVC

      The problem is the point of your remark is just another extreme. All for ones self is just as bad as all for someone other than ones self. Fortunately the reality of people's lives (individually and collectively) allow for a much broader approach. It is in that middleground that we have the greatest opportunity to succeed, for ourselves and for others – and yes, there is plenty of room for failure too. But the path of an extreme view of any sort is far more limiting in opportunities for success, and leaves far more room for failure of the tenets of that extreme view.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • heybob

      I actually am going to college for I can be an educator, isn't that for the greater good of the nation and our youth? I also buy things for other people, they are called presents. Also, eating for someone else? I'm almost positive Rand would insult you if you brought that up as a defense for her arguments, pretty pathetic.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • DJL

      "Do you go to school or college for someone else?" - Some people do, to get a better job, so they can support their wife/children/parents/etc.

      "Do you work and give ALL your earnings to someone else?" - Altruism doesn't require giving EVERYTHING away.

      I earned a college degree in part thanks to government programs. This has allowed me to get a better job, earning a higher salary and pay more taxes, which can then help the next generation.

      As a society, it is necessary for everyone to contribute to the common good, lest we turn into islands unto ourselves, resulting in the undoing of society. In that case, we might as well return to the jungle and let only the strong survive. (I wonder how long rich folks like Romney would survive without their $$.)

      August 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  9. Organizingmom

    Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged was about the principles of free market capitalism, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and limited government, which are EXACTLY what the Conservative platform is all about! Rand's personal religious beliefs as well as Romney's and Ryan's and all Americans are First Amendment Rights and liberals will never understand Freedom of Religion!

    August 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Organizingmom,

      other than the wedge issues that wed the religious right to the GOP mainstream, there is no such thing as Conservative orthodoxy. Arguably there never was. The Ayn Rand is the hero of libertarians, but Ron Paul is not the GOP nominee. The fiscal conservatives and the neocons all have very different ideas of conservatism.

      The great irony is that their candidate (a moderate, which frankly makes him more electable) performed indistinguishably from any moderate Democratic Governor as the Governor of Massachusetts, so he can't run on his actual political record so we have a whitewashed fable of him as a business leader, of a rapacious hedgefund that was the exact opposite of a 'job creator'.

      The only thing Republicans (or any party these days) really stands for is kicking the other guys out of office.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Jim in PA

      Atlas Shrugged was also about the fantasy that a bunch of higer-ups could spilt off from society and build their own society. Cuz, you know, who needs electricians, plumbers, engineers, nurses, carpenters, masons, and steel workers? Not John Galt! (snicker...)

      August 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • asm_ith

      That's why politicians on both sides can be religious and yet lie, taking advantage of the 1st amendment rights of religion and free speech. That's why they can pick and choose the aspects of their religion that they choose to follow and those that they choose to ignore. While okay legally, it does say something about their morals and makes them hypocrites.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • lathebiosas

      Liberals do understand freedom of and from religion as is evidenced by not constantly making it part of their platform and constantly reminding everyone "hey, I'm a Christian, I must be good"!

      August 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • heybob

      wait, is freedom of religion where you can cram your opinions down everyone's throat?

      August 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      "Objectivism" is nothing but ent'tlement for the 1%.

      While the "Occupy ..." movement just frightened people in the middle, (and they really didn't make any point other than to reinforce the idea that life can be unfair) there is a great smouldering discontent out there.

      I'm not forecasting doom, but the Republicans are lucky that Obama is not the socialist they try to paint him as. The stage is set. Were the Romney/Ryan ticket to be elected, the circvmstances for some seriously revolutionary fervour to ignite will exist. I hope this does not materialize. It is frightening to contemplate.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  10. Robin Mavis

    @Aaron Regarding Plagerism – well if the author plagerized Gandhi then Gandhi plagerized Jesus – "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24...so the author plagerized Jesus....the author should have included chapter and verse...how nitpicky

    August 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  11. NoTags

    Paul Ryan now has the stink of Ayn Rand tied around his neck and he won't be able to get rid of the smell before November.

    I wonder if Romney had another choice today if it would still be Paul Ryan? I don't believe Romney actually chose Ryan, I think Ryan was chosen for him by Cheney, Charles and David Koch, Bill Bennett, Grover Norquist, et. al.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • setnommarih

      If you have read Ayn Rand you would know it is a personal belief and a philosophy, everyone has a right to have that. There is no stink just argue an opposing point or do you just hate when people say if you are not doing something to benefit yourself then you are a "looter", that possibility exists.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • independent jim

      Romney didnt have a choice when it came time to name a VP the choice was made by the Fascist in the tea party..Romney has no choice he will do what the party says and that is the bottom line .. just like a lady of the night does what her pimp says Romney does what his pimps say

      August 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  12. ArthurP

    Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

    See you should need to apologize for wealth as it is a gift from God.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Russ

      @ ArthurP: sure, wealth isn't evil in Scripture, it's just dangerous if you don't know what it's for.
      Clearly, Ayn Rand did not know what it is for. So why would you follow her?

      August 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • ArthurP

      @Ross:

      Why it is to "enjoy" no give away, not make others lives better, just 'enjoy" it.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Dan

      Arthur, I don't think the message there is apologize for the gifts that have been bestowed, I think the message is to be thankful, humble and to recognize your "Lot" such that you help others. I have never ever seen any scripture that indicates that God wishes you to apologize for your achievement based upon the gifts he has bestowed. He expects you to apply those gifts and be successful.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Russ

      @ ArthurP: I get the sense that you're a big fan of the Prayer of Jabez...

      Don't take my word for it. Just read Scripture – as a whole.
      Look up all the verses on wealth. Read thru them. Then ask yourself: what is the point here?
      If that's too long a task, just start with the Sermon on the Mount (Mt.6:19-24).
      You can't "enjoy" wealth if you don't realize it's not yours in the first place.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  13. Rabbit One

    they are both lame – or rather not lame but merely works of incomplete literature

    August 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  14. Bootyfunk

    "I know that Rand was an atheist, so it may seem like a stretch to call Randism a religion. But there are plenty of religions (Buddhism, for example) that have rejected God. And like Christianity, Randism has its founder, its scriptures and its miracles (since in the Gospel of Ayn Rand there isn't anything laissez-faire capitalism and its secular saints cannot do)."

    Prothero is wrong again, as usual. 'Randism' is not a religion. there is no element of 'magic' or the 'divine'. buddhism may not have a god, but they have a 'supernatural' explanation of things - Randism does not. seriously, Prothero seems to skip over details he doesn't like. all religions have an element of the supernatural, magic, divine or whatever you want to call it - not always a god though. Prothero writes articles about religion but doesn't know that? bad journalism.

    it's not Rand's atheism that makes her a d.o.u.c.h.e, it's her view of unfettered capitalism run amok, her complete lack of altruism, her concern only for the self. personally, i don't know any atheists that follow her - only republicans.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Robin Mavis

      "The anthropologist Clifford Geertz defined religion as a "system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic." Wikipedia and Geertz, C. (1993) Religion as a cultural system. In: The interpretation of cultures: selected essays, Geertz, Clifford, pp.87-125. Fontana Press.

      There are lots of definitions for 'religion' as well as using it colloquially.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  15. Infidel USPatriot

    When Paul Ryan supports Islam 100% like Obama, then I will be worry

    August 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      be dumber.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Paul

      Seriously. Is your head full of soup? How immune to facts must you be to toe that Fox line?

      August 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • BOBPITT

      I bet you are good christian..!!

      I also bet you don't see anything wrong with sending kids to war. and to steal from the less fortunate, I bet you go to church every sunday, but ignore the suffering of the poor..
      I bet you don't do much about kids lacking school, or drug addicts in your country..

      I though so..

      You are a good christan..!!

      August 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  16. Corey

    Some political thoughts and beliefs from a guy in New Jersey...

    1) Investing in infrastructure, education and technology would grow the economy and secures our future.
    2) Giving tax breaks to companies who insource jobs would grow the economy.
    3) Bringing an end to our longest war will help turn around our deficit.
    4) Cutting all spending is a dangerous form of government control and it destroys our future strength. How did we get the best logistic/travel system, food industry and technological growth in the history of the world? Was it by only the private funding of everything? If you want that bridge to stay standing then stop cutting funds. If you want your children to have a higher education level then stop cutting funds. If you want to continue to lead the world in innovative technology then stop cutting funds. Some things should be publicly funded.
    5) Giving even more radical tax cuts to the extremely wealthy will not increase jobs. 8 years of trickle down economics and deregulation led to the largest separation of wealth in our nation's history and helped a financial collapse. Should we go back to those extremes?
    6) Turning Medicare into a voucher system will cut benefits while increasing payment burdens to seniors. It would create a culture of well being compromises and less preventative measures of healthcare.
    7) Privatizing Social Security is a terrible concept as it is another form of class warfare.
    8) Attacking civil rights based on your religious beliefs is non American. The separation of church and state was a foundation of our society. You can pray anyway you want as long as it doesn't control or negatively effect your hard working American neighbor's life.
    9) Wanting to pitch in to fund economic growth and to the healthcare of our society does not make me a socialist. Romney praised Israel while visiting them two weeks ago for their socialized system and healthcare costs. What is that about?
    10) I was born and raised in this country and I want it to succeed. I understand that extremism to either ideology is a set up for failure. We need to get back to compromise and common sense.

    My choices would be to responsibly end the longest war in our history, shift funding to infrastructure and technology to increase the economy, ending the extreme tax breaks given to the wealthiest of Americans but rolling back taxes on future capital investment gains, increase pressure on companies who choose to outsource jobs by giving major tax breaks to companies who insource jobs, open up all forms of domestic energy opportunities, try to pass legislation that does not allow companies to be able to fund political campaigns and increase funding for higher learning education programs.

    Obama is not a radical Islamic socialist... Romney is not the anti-christ... stop dividing this nation into extremism and vote on policies that you think make sense to our collective well being. After all we are The UNITED States of America!

    August 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Robin Mavis

      I'm voting for Corey for President.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • RbT28

      You're too intelligent and thought out to comment here. You must be new to the internet. Great thoughts!!

      August 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • independent jim

      thank you corey for a honest idea .. Obamas main fault when takeing office was that he believed he would have a congress and senate that would work together for the good of all .. I dont believ he ever imagined that the priority odf the GOP was to ssee him fail the people of this great country ..we deserve better than what we have been given by our senate and congress

      August 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  17. Just call me Lucifer

    Funny story... I killed god. Everyone thought he was the shizzle, the all powerful yada yada yada. Hes dead now. You worship nothing. Good luck with that.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Lisa

      What I'd like to know is, how did you get him to take that bar bet over Job? I know you lost, but I was surprised God would even consider it in the first place.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  18. Russ

    @ Stephen Prothero: I have highly criticized you in the past – but you nailed this one.

    Rand: "my life for me!"
    Jesus: "my life for yours"

    Ayn Rand's politics flow directly out of her atheist convictions. Attempting to separate the two is like putting a Mercedes hood ornament on a Kia. You can do it, but what are you thinking?

    The Bible condemns greed about 10x more often than se.xual sin. Why?
    Because it's so much more subtle. Almost no one believes himself to be greedy.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Just so you know... I wrote the bible. Yep... I did it to totally screw with you weak-willed sheep. Worked pretty good didn't it?

      August 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      wrong. you know zero about atheism. atheism and randism have nothing to do with each other. atheism simply says there is no god. atheism is not an economical system, political system or personal philosophy - atheism just says there is no god. the funny part is, the people who follow Rand are usually republican christians, not atheists.

      look up Humanism, also an atheistic philosophy, led by compassion and logic.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • What IF

      Just call me Lucifer,

      Yeah, and a nice touch, adding The Quran and The Book of Mormon later, just to stir the pot some more! You are a clever devil, tossing out that "unconditional love" and "life everlasting" bait - you hooked 'em, sho' nuff. 😈

      August 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Bootyfunk: i did not say that Rand *comprehensively* represents atheism. I said that her political ideals flow directly from *her* atheist convictions.

      And whether or not you agree with Rand, I think you can readily see that Jesus & Ayn Rand don't agree on the basics.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  19. Dan

    So clearly, this article is the usual veiled use of a device (Christianity vs. Randism) to first entice the reader to article (which was well done) followed by diatribe that appears to support the device's hypothesis but in the end is what is said it wasn't another attack on a candidate, in this case a VP Nominee. Bravo! You can stack this one right up there with the latest fearmongering opinion article placed on CNN today on "Will Romney and Ryan take American to war?" http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/14/opinion/ghitis-romney-ryan/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    August 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • JimmiBob

      I take it you don't agree? Or are you just being objective?

      August 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  20. TheTruth

    Jesus didn't state that the love of money was the root of all evil, Paul wrote to Timothy that the love of money was the root of all kinds of evil (not ALL evil). Keep your facts straight or your statements lose credence.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      The bible is a lie. Grow up and deal with it.

      August 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Lisa

      Depends on which version of the Bible you're reading. In some translations, it _is_ rendered as "the root of ALL evil."

      August 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Daniel

      Right, because "the root of all kinds of evil" and "the root of all evil" are two completely different statements with two different meanings as well?

      August 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • ArthurP

      Yet the Bible says that wealth is a gift from God that is to be enjoyed by those that toil for it (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

      So which is is good or bad?????

      August 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
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