In this paper I propose to consider the relation between Objectivism, the philosophy of Miss Ayn Rand, and theism, the belief in God. Dr. Nathaniel Branden, in his lecture, The Concept of God, [*] which prompted this paper, argues that atheism is an essential part of Objectivist philosophy. I grant that it is a position taken by Miss Rand and by Dr. Branden.  But I deny that it follows logically from the basic Objectivist principles about the nature of reality and of mans mind. I maintain, on the contrary, that these principles logically imply the existence of God, and that Miss Rands atheism (and the same for Dr. Brandens) is an anomaly, a logical flaw in the over-all pattern of her thought.
(Note: Except as otherwise indicated, quotations from Dr. Branden are from works of his that have been endorsed by Miss Rand. )
In what follows, I do not intend to present arguments for the truth of the Objectivist principles, or to consider the question, How do you go about presenting the case for theism to a non-Objectivist? These are worth-while considerations, but they fall outside the scope of this paper.
Part One [chapter 1] of this paper presents a positive case for theism based on Objectivist premises. Part Two [chapters 27] is a point-by-point reply to Dr. Brandens arguments against theism in the first park of his lecture, The Concept of God. Part Three [chapters 811] deals with the remainder of Dr. Brandens lecture and some related topics. Part One perhaps asks more of the readers patience than the other parts, and a reader who finds himself bogged down in it is advised to skip to the beginning of Part Two, which is a series of short arguments rather than one long one, and can be read independently of
[Editors notes are in blue.]
* Nathaniel Branden, The Concept of God, from his lecture series The Basic Principles of Objectivism. That lecture is fully transcribed in his book The Vision of Ayn Rand, chapter 4. Partial and perhaps complete audios seem to be available throughout the Internet. See also 
A. Rand, Our Cultural Value-Deprivation 5/4/6c. [References of this form refer to The Objectivist Newsletter, so that
N. Branden, A Report to Our Readers 1965 4/12/58dd [December 1965].
A. Rand, A Statement of Policy 7/6/7r--bb.
MMI want, therefore, formally to state that the only authentic sources of information on Objectivism are: my own works (books, articles, lectures), the articles appearing in and the pamphlets reprinted by this magazine (The Objectivist, as well as The Objectivist Newsletter), books by other authors which will be endorsed in this magazine as specifically Objectivist literature, and such individual lectures or lecture courses as may be so endorsed. (This list includes also the book Who Is Ayn Rand? by Nathaniel and Barbara Branden, as well as the articles by these two authors which have appeared in this magazine in the past, but does not include their future
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