Philosopher Robert Mayhew discusses what he calls “Ayn Rand’s sacred atheism”:
At the age of thirteen, Ayn Rand decided she was an atheist. Her reason: “the concept of God is degrading to man.” One major form of this degradation is religion’s effect on genuine values, including sacred values. This idea is prominent in her early writings and continues to be featured in ‘The Fountainhead’ and ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ as well as in her nonfiction.
“God, whatever you choose to call God,” she recognised, “is one’s conception of the highest possible.” If the highest possible is both unknowable and omnisicient, then that places the source of our values elsewhere – and it places our consciousness in a state of subservience.
A state inappropriate to life on this earth, and degrading to anyone calling themselves a man.