In a recent interview,
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) rejected Ayn Rand’s philosophy of
Objectivism as atheist. Instead, Ryan prefers the epistemology of Thomas
Aquinas. Aquinas adhered to the correspondence theory of truth, which says that something is true “when it conforms to the external reality.” This sounds a lot like Rand’s Primacy of Existence wherein consciousness is subordinate to reality – wishing doesn’t make it so.
Rand’s and Aquinas’ worldviews quickly diverge after that brief congruence.
Aquinas claimed that certain truths were
only available through supernatural revelation. Aquinas’ first problem
is to resolve this supernatural transmission to a human mind with
external reality. Calvin postulated the “Sensus Divinitatis,”
but this revelation wasn’t available to Aquinas. How does one
distinguish a supernatural revelation from a mere product of one’s