Jeffrey Haber wrote in message <3561F880.167E at sb.fsu.edu>...
> Fortunately, I've chosen atheism, so I don't have to adhere to any
>dogmas. I have a conscience and a strong sense of morals and ethics
>(see "The Objectivist Ethics" in Ayn Rand's anthology The Virute of
>Selfishness). Consequently, I totally reject all doctrines resembling
>Original Sin, in this context, that I should feel an unearned guilt for
>someone else's misfortune when I did nothing to contribute to that
>misfortune. I may feel compassion if it is warranted, but not guilt.
Sounds like you've replaced one dogma with another. Christians and
Objectivists differ mainly in who they have telling them what to think.
btw: I like Leonard Piekoff's essay "Religion vs. America" and some other
Objectivist writings, however, the idea of religiously following somebody
else's philosophy may be Objectivist but it's not very objective.