Of course Ayn Rand didn’t believe in religion which didn’t fit well with this course nor philosophy of logic.
I’ve always seen Rand’s atheism as a flaw, rather than a strength, of her philosophy. However as purely rational and logical thought she holds up rather well. She is rarely viewed with approval by academics who seem mostly content to present mere caricatures of her ideas or to engage in only decidedly nonserious discussions thereof.
Hmmm, I always thought her main flaw was being manipulative and warping her own philosophy to suit her imminent needs.
I actually like her non-fiction (The Virtue of Selfishness for example) better than her fiction. Atlas was a tough read, not for the length, but for because she seemed to swing her theories like baseball bats at every page.
Here’s a word to try out: inference. Good writers let the reader meet them halfway, not knock on their door and ram a manifesto down their throat.