Notes for Revision and Expansion
Of “Objectivism and Theism”

(In Progress)
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Contents
Part One
• 00a Introduction
• 00b History of the Argument 
• 01a— Objectivism and Theism (revised)
 
Part Two
• 02aObjections Based on Axiomatics
• 03a— Psychological Darwinism
• 03b— Miscellaneous Objections — New!
     † The origins of consciousness are more subtle than this argument allows for.
     † An unchosen belief is a contradiction in terms.
     † A child comes about as a result of its parents’ having intended it.
     † A design explanation of man’s mind fails to explain the designer’s mind.
     † Power and goodness
     † Error and the God of truth
     † Omniscience is a subjectivist concept (The primacy of existence over consciousness)
• 03c— Summary: Objectivism presupposes theism
• 04aVarious Meanings of “Faith” 
• 04bGod and Infinity 
• 04cGod and Pure Consciousness  
• 05aGod and Omnipotence: Omnipotence and the Nature of Things — New! 
• 05b— Omnipotence and Contradiction  
• 05c— A Historical Digression  
• 05d— Contradiction and Miracles; The Fatalist Fallacy; Natural Law  
• 05e— God, Goodness, and Freedom  
• 06aGod, Omniscience, and Freedom  
• 06bGod, Omniscience, and Non-Effort  
• 07— Disasters, Pain, Evil  
 
Part Three
• 08aThe First Cause Argument 
• 08b— An Objectivist Version of the First Cause Argument 
• 08c— Some Attributes of the First Cause 
• 09a— Life, Design, Retrospect  
• 09b— Agnosticism, Heaven, Responsibility, Pessimism, Foxholes
• 10a— Anaesthesia  
• 11aWhere Do We Go from Here / Historical Considerations 
• 11b— Ayn Rand on Competition
• 11c— Ayn Rand on Art and the Expression of the Moral Ideal 
• 12aAfterword: On Prayer
• 12bAfterword: Sample Prayers
 
Part Four 

— Appendices (by Ronald N. Neff)
• 13Introduction, with a Prolegomemon to Attempts to Refute Kiefer
• 14Sacrifice
• 15— Objectivism and Love, Service to Others, and Altruism
• 16— Objectivism and Mercy, Pity, and Forgiveness
• 17— God, the Supernatural, the Natural, and Reason
• 18Kant and Faith — New!
• 19a— A Discussion by Tibor Machan
• 19b— Reply to Tibor Machan
 
 
 
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