Ayn Rand and Anders Wejryd

For all the good things that Christianity has brought in some countries, in Sweden it has been little more than a historical enforcer of the will of kings and prime ministers. From the time of Gustav Vasa (1496-1560) when the Catholics were driven out, right up until the separation of church and state in 2001, the Church of Sweden has promoted the same political values as those of whomever is in power. Even now there are political elections to the church, in which politicians decide what God wants us to do the following 4 years. Unsurprisingly, only 2 percent of the church’s members ever visit the Sunday ceremonies.

In any event, I was reading through one of the speeches of Primate and Archbishop Anders Wejryd when I came upon a central theme in his sermon, namely that Jesus Christ “saves” us from the law of Cause and Effect. This immediately made me recall a central theme of Ayn Rand’s opus Atlas Shrugged, namely the immutability of Cause and Effect. A rational being sees reality and works towards reaching his or her goals within the laws of nature, creating value in the process. If you want food, for instance, you grow it or trade for it. On the other hand, the main theme of religion is that as long as you are subservient to the demands and rules set forth by the ruling caste of priests and clerics, what you wish for will mystically appear without you having had to create it or work for it. They prove their point by them actually receiving food, using the same example, though they receive it by conning the farmers who create it into giving it away for nothing.

The same goes for every aspect of society. Rand writes:

They want to be that God they created in their image and likeness, who creates a universe out of a void by means of an arbitrary whim. But reality is not to be cheated. What they achieve is the opposite of their desire. They want an omnipotent power over existence; instead, they lose the power of their consciousness. By refusing to know, they condemn themselves to the horror of a perpetual unknown.

Freed from reality, these “mystics” can claim all sorts of madness: That money is evil, that consumption leads people astray, that faith can cure illness, and that as long as we obey we will be rewarded in the afterlife. The results of such deluded thinking that goes against the most basic foundation of nature can be clearly seen. Instead of heated homes with electricity there are shanty huts, instead of supermarkets there are hour-long walks through fetid jungles for water, instead of hospitals there are mass graves from treatable diseases, and instead of lives worth living there are graveyards for those who died too soon after a life of hardship.

When Anders Wejryd foolishly espouses that faith will lead to the annulment of the law of cause and effect, he is ignorantly attacking the entire foundation of everything that raised up Western civilization from the plague-infested darkness of the Middle Ages.

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~ by Escaping Perdition on August 23, 2009.

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