Jag är ingen beundrare av Ayn Rand. Men en sak jag har fastnat för är hennes kritik, framförd i ett tal av John Galt i romanen Atlas Shrugged, av den extremt stötande och bisarra kristna idén om arvssynd.*
Innan jag presenterar kritiken är det på sin plats att klargöra vad som menas med arvssynd. Så här säger Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Following St. Paul, the Church has always taught that the overwhelming misery which oppresses men and their inclination towards evil and death cannot be understood apart from their connection with Adam’s sin and the fact that he has transmitted to us a sin with which we are all born afflicted, a sin which is the ‘death of the soul’. Because of this certainty of faith, the Church baptizes for the remission of sins even tiny infants who have not committed personal sin.
Men Ayn Rand ger alltså svar på tal. Ett utdrag:
The name of this monstrous absurdity is Original Sin. A sin without volition is a slap at morality and an insolent contradiction in terms: that which is outside the possibility of choice is outside the province of morality. If man is evil by birth, he has no will, no power to change it; if he has no will, he can be neither good nor evil; a robot is amoral. To hold, as man’s sin, a fact not open to his choice is a mockery of morality. To hold man’s nature as his sin is a mockery of nature. To punish him for a crime he committed before he was born is a mockery of justice. To hold him guilty in a matter where no innocence exists is a mockery of reason. To destroy morality, nature, justice and reason by means of a single concept is a feat of evil hardly to be matched. Yet that is the root of your code. … They call it a morality of mercy and a doctrine of love for man.
De kallar den det, ja. Men vi vet bättre — och förkastar denna religion.