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Did Yeshua of Nazareth(Jesus Christ) die for our sins? Did he violate the principles of objectivism by promoting bad altruism? And how do/should objectivists view religions in general?

asked Jan 23 '11 at 17:31

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Did Yeshua of Nazareth(Jesus Christ) die...

As far as I understand, the historical evidence for Christ even existing as a distinct person is unconclusive.

... for our sins?

No, the religious view of sin is an invalid concept.

Did he violate the principles of objectivism by promoting bad altruism?

All altruism is "bad," and to the degree that Christ really existed, yes, he promoted it. What he supposedly taught certainly runs counter to Objectivism.

And how do/should objectivists view religions in general?

I suggest you look up the following articles in the Ayn Rand Lexicon

(http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/):

Altruism

Faith

Original Sin

Moreover, you'd do well to find a primer on Objectivism and read it.

Here is a starting point; there are other good links on this site:

http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro

answered Jan 24 '11 at 00:29

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Jesus Christ was crucified for offending the authorities and other influential people. Many other people were also crucified, for much the same reasons. His death was unjust. He didn't die because he had committed any egregious sins. His story is much like that of Joan of Arc. Myths are built up. Some flower, some decline.

answered Jan 23 '11 at 18:08

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First, this doesn't answer the question. Second, I'm not aware of any solid historical evidence for several of your claims. Third, talking about the "justice" of Christ's crucifixion seems to be totally out of context, both for this question and for a site about Objectivism. Fouth, I don't see any insightful comparison to be made between Christianity (religion/faith), and myths such as that of Joan of Arc.

If you're curious to see how I think a question like this ought to be answered, see my answer.

(Jan 24 '11 at 00:21) javert ♦ javert's gravatar image

"...to the degree that Christ really existed..."

(Jan 24 '11 at 00:33) Mindy Newton ♦ Mindy%20Newton's gravatar image

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